The first official GOP debate will take place tonight in two separate parts. The first debate, airing at 5 pm ET, will feature the bottom seven candidates outside the top ten. The primetime debate, which happens at 9pm ET, features the top ten Republican candidates in an average of national polls.


The schedule for Thursday, August 6, 2015:

Aired on: Fox News Channel
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Location: The Q Arena in Cleveland, Ohio

5pm ET (Watch Full 5pm Video)
Moderators: Martha MacCallum, Bill Hemmer
Candidates: Perry, Santorum, Jindal, Fiorina, Graham, Pataki, Gilmore

9pm ET (Watch Full 9pm Video
Moderators: Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace
Candidates: Trump, Bush, Walker, Huckabee, Carson, Cruz, Rubio, Paul, Christie, Kasich

Release from Fox News:

The first Republican presidential primary debates, hosted by Fox News and Facebook in conjunction with the Ohio Republican Party, will be held at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, starting at 5:00 PM ET. This is the same venue as the 2016 Republican National Convention scheduled for next summer. See all the latest debate and election coverage on

How the candidates were selected, also from Fox News:

The five polls included in the average that determined the line-up were conducted by Bloomberg, CBS News, Fox News, Monmouth University and Quinnipiac University.

We will have the entire video of both the 5pm and 9pm debates after they air. They will also likely be replayed by Fox News at later hours in the night.

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