Fiorina Camp Fights for Stage Position

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Carly Fiorina’s come-from-behind performance since the first GOP debate has earned her a strong middle position in the second tier of the field.

But that reality still has not officially given her a leg up on the possibility of a position on the debate stage in Simi Valley.

The prospect of being cut from the top ten due to her pre-debate polling has her campaign going to battle with the RNC over the selection criteria.

Deputy campaign manager Sarah Flores pressed the RNC in a phone call this week to force CNN, the host of the second debate, to lend equal weight to the post-debate polls.

The RNC, however, has indicated it cannot influence the networks in a way that would benefit any one candidate. That response sent the Fiorina campaign into overdrive with public criticism of how the polling data is being mismanaged by CNN.