Fox News Announces Which 10 Candidates Qualify For First GOP Debate

Fox News announced Tuesday evening which 10 candidates had qualified to square off in the GOP debate scheduled to be held on Thursday night.

The candidates:

  1. Businessman Donald Trump
  2. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
  3. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
  4. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
  5. Former 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

Fox had said it would determine the candidates based on averages of recent national polling, but did not say which polls would be used leading up to the announcement.

The debate is scheduled to take place in Cleveland at the Quicken Loans Arena and is designed to occur in two parts, with the top 10 candidates on stage at 9 p.m. and the remaining Republican candidates at 5 p.m.

Those who do not qualify to debate at the later time, but can participate in the 5 p.m. slot are: Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Former New York Gov. George Pataki and Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore.

The debate is scheduled be moderated by Fox hosts Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly, and Bret Baier.

This post has been updated.

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