Lower poll ratings landed these candidates in the early forum.

Lindsey Graham

He seems to be having a blast on the campaign trail and can come across as wise and witty in his frequent cable TV appearances, but his message is downbeat. He supports a U.S. military invasion of Syria to oust its leader, would send U.S. ground troops back to Iraq and says Americans need to make more sacrifices. “We’re going to do the hard things,” he said at the Iowa State Fair.

Bobby Jindal

In just the last few days, he’s gone on the offensive against Trump, calling him an “egomaniacal madman” and a “carnival act.” Trump took the bait, firing back that he only responds to “people that register more than 1% in the polls.” Assertiveness might get this Louisiana governor noticed, but it could take more than that to ignite his candidacy, which hasn’t lived up to expectations.

George Pataki

The former New York governor is struggling to crack 1 percent in the polls. If he’s going to catch on anywhere, it probably will be in New Hampshire, where he’s spending a lot of time. He explained his strategy last month, saying that after a summer of “reality theater politics,” voters eventually will seek out a candidate “who can actually lead the government.”

Rick Santorum

Who won the Iowa caucuses in 2012? That’s right, this former Pennsylvania senator, a reliable conservative, did. He also won several primaries and finished second in the nominating contest to Mitt Romney. Has that strong showing helped him this time around? Nope. He’s banking on Iowa again and just became the first 2016 hopeful to visit all 99 of the state’s counties.

Not in the game

They will not be on the debate stage Wednesday.

Jim Gilmore

Who ? Exactly. The former Virginia governor is dead last in most polls — a sure recipe for a fundraising drought — and hasn’t found a way to distinguish himself. He was in the lower-tier Aug. 6 debate, but he didn’t meet CNN’s requirement of earning at least 1 percent in three polls to qualify for Wednesday’s debate. Not a good sign for his campaign.

Rick Perry

He became the first candidate to drop out of the Republican presidential contest on Friday. He said he was “suspending” his bid, but that’s a euphemism for the end. The longest-serving governor in Texas history and failed 2012 presidential hopeful never gained much voter or donor support. As he exited, he said the party would be in good hands.