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Jeb Bush won't stand next to Donald Trump in next debate -- Marco Rubio will



CNBC, which is hosting the third Republican primary debate next week, released its candidate lineups Wednesday, and there's a change for Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio: Bush will no longer stand next to frontrunner Donald Trump -- Rubio will.

The reason: The polls CNBC averaged to rank candidates show Rubio in third place, after Trump and Ben Carson and before Bush.

Rubio will get one of the two lecterns flanking Trump (Carson will get the other one), assuming CNBC follows the same pattern as Fox News and CNN in previous debates. Television networks place the leading candidate center stage, which means he or she will likely get the most time on camera.

The second debate featured a friendly low-five between Bush and Trump -- possible only because their lecterns were so close to each other.

Here are the debate lineups (there's again an earlier debate for less-popular candidates). Both will take place Wednesday:

Main draw (8 p.m.)

Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, John Kasich, Rand Paul

Undercard (6 p.m.)

Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, George Pataki, Lindsey Graham

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 6:03pm]


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