Presidential Election

Quick guide to Thursday’s Republican presidential candidate debate

The Associated Press

This combination of photos, from top left, shows Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and from bottom left, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump and Scott Walker. The candidates are scheduled to participate in a Fox News Channel Republican presidential debate on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015.
This combination of photos, from top left, shows Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and from bottom left, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump and Scott Walker. The candidates are scheduled to participate in a Fox News Channel Republican presidential debate on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. AP

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 6 p.m. PDT Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, with a televised forum for the seven candidates not selected beginning at 2 p.m. PDT. Fox will be broadcasting the event.

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.

The candidates are:

6 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

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2 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

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