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After a slew of new polling released over the past few days, the first Republican debate field is set for Thursday night.

Fox News, which is hosting the first debate, has limited the Republican participants in the prime-time debate to the 10 candidates polling best in an average of five recent national polls. The candidates who don’t make the prime-time debate stage will participate in a separate debate hours earlier.

The network announced which candidates made the cut on Tuesday.

Here’s a look, in order of their poll position.


  • Donald Trump, real-estate magnate
  • Jeb Bush, former Florida governor
  • Scott Walker, Wisconsin governor
  • Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor
  • Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon
  • Ted Cruz, US senator from Texas
  • Marco Rubio, US senator from Florida
  • Rand Paul, US senator from Kentucky
  • Chris Christie, New Jersey governor
  • John Kasich, Ohio governor
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) gestures during an onstage interview at the 2014 Peterson Foundation Fiscal Summit in Washington May 14, 2014.



  • Rick Perry, former Texas governor
  • Bobby Jindal, Louisiana governor
  • Rick Santorum, former US senator from Pennsylvania
  • Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett Packard CEO
  • Lindsey Graham, US senator from South Carolina
  • George Pataki, former New York governor

As reported by Business Insider