Rand Paul has a place on the GOP debate stage — for now.
But the debate rules announced Wednesday by CNBC could end up spelling disaster for the Kentucky senator and several other high-profile candidates — including Gov. Chris Christie and former Gov. Mike Huckabee.
All three would qualify for the all-important primetime debate if it were held today, but just barely — thanks to a rounding provision in the rules, Paul’s current polling average would meet the 3 percent threshold set by the cable network. The other two are slightly above the 3 percent cut-off.