Ben is back in studio as the countdown to the first GOP presidential primary debate begins. On today’s Federalist Radio Hour, Ben breaks down the polling and the cash that drives the debate cycle.

Jay Cost of the Weekly Standard profiles the registered voter responding to the polls that shape Thursday’s debate on Fox News. He argues that thanks to blunt instruments like national surveys, many of the second tier candidates still polling in the single digits wont make it to the debate stage.

Later, Politico’s Tarini Parti counts the cash contributions that serve as score keepers in the Republican primary. She reports that the influx of the Koch Brother’s cash continues to grow.