Fox News, which is hosting the first GOP presidential debate, says it is limiting the stage gaggle to ten candidates. Three three of its five former employees qualify.
Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson and Rick Santorum all appear the have enough heft in the polls to make the cut, Media Matters says.
A fourth Fox employee, John Bolton, recently announced he won't run. A fifth, Ohio Governor John Kasich, is currently in 11th place, a tenth of a point behind Santorum.
The 18 actual or potential candidates in the Republican field, as a group, have appeared on Fox News programs 804 times in the last two years.