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Who’s in and who’s out at the first GOP presidential debate

August 5, 2015

Fox News has selected the 10 Republican presidential candidates who will participate in the first debate of the 2016 presidential campaign.

The two-hour debate is scheduled for 9 p.m. EDT Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, with a televised forum for the seven candidates not selected beginning at 5 p.m. EDT.

The candidates are:


9 p.m. debate

1. Businessman Donald Trump

2. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush

3. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

4. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee

5. Retired surgeon Ben Carson

6. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz

7. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio

8. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul

9. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

10. Ohio Gov. John Kasich


5 p.m. forum

— Former technology executive Carly Fiorina

— Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry

— Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

— South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham

— Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum

— Former New York Gov. George Pataki

— Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore


Fox sorted the candidates based on the average of the five most recent national opinion polls performed prior to a deadline of 5 p.m. Tuesday by nationally recognized organizations that are not affiliated with a party or a candidate.

The network used polls from CBS News, Fox News, Bloomberg, Monmouth University and Quinnipiac University.

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