The 1st GOP Primary Debate: The 10 Contenders

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Donald Trump is the name we are hearing most in the news, especially when it comes to Thursday’s (Aug. 6th) first GOP debate. The primary debate will take place at 9 p.m. EST on Fox News, and it will feature the top 10 leading candidates for the GOP nomination.

Fox News confirmed on Tuesday that Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and John Kasich will take the debate podiums on the 6th.

Yes, Trump is leading the polls, but let’s take a look at the other candidates and the debate rules. For Thursday, one of the major rules in order for a candidate to participate in the event: Must score 1% or higher in an average of the five most recent national polls, as recognized by FOX News leading up to August 4th at 5 PM/ET.

According to CNN, here are the top ranked GOP candidates:

(Based on the five most recent nationwide polls, ranks the top 10 candidates in the following order): Trump (23%), Bush (13%), Walker (11%), Carson (7%), Huckabee (7%), Cruz (6%), Paul (5%), Rubio (5%), Christie (3%) and Kasich (3%).

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