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Tonight at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, seven GOP contenders will square off in the first debate of the 2012 election season held in the Granite State. We’ll be seeing some new faces on the debate stage tonight including Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann along with 4 others who previously participated in the Fox News May 5th debate in South Carolina.

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Air Time: 8pm Eastern time on CNN

Participants: Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum

Report from the Boston Globe:

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Seven Republican presidential hopefuls will share the stage in a debate in New Hampshire.

Monday’s debate at St. Anselm College will feature Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann; businessman Herman Cain; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; Texas Rep. Ron Paul; former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

The debate’s sponsors — WMUR-TV, CNN and the New Hampshire Union Leader — also invited Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and businessman Donald Trump.

Daniels, Huckabee and Trump recently have said they would not seek the GOP nomination.

The debate will be held from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

As previously reported, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson was not invited by CNN to participate given his low standing in the polls.

Following the debate we’ll have the entire video available for viewing.

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Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.

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