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The First GOP Debate: What we're watching

This Wednesday, something big is happening in Milwaukee: the first GOP presidential debate. For relatively unknown candidates, its importance can't be overstated. In 2016, Republican debates attracted up to 24 million viewers — a huge audience for candidates who can struggle to attract a few dozen voters in person in Iowa or New Hampshire. Here's the latest on who's in (possibly some last-minute qualifiers), who's out (Trump says he's not going) and how candidates are prepping for the big night.

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    Sorry, Fox News. Trump says he’s not going to the debate.

    Sorry, Fox News. Trump says he’s not going to the debate.

    “I WILL THEREFORE NOT BE DOING THE DEBATES!” Trump wrote on Truth Social. Former President Donald Trump said he will not attend the first Republican primary debate scheduled for Aug. 23 in Milwaukee, first reported by The New York Times and confirmed by a Truth Social post Sunday. Trump’s decision to …

    Asa Hutchinson says he has qualified for GOP debate

    Asa Hutchinson says he has qualified for GOP debate

    “I’m pleased to announce that we have met all the criteria,” he said. Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has qualified for the first GOP primary debate later this week, joining the stage in Milwaukee as a last-minute addition. “I will be on the stage,” he told host Kasie Hunt on CNN’s “State of the …

    Why Trump might regret passing on the first debate

    Why Trump might regret passing on the first debate

    In recent nominating contests, the nationally televised shoutfests have prompted significant shifts in polling afterward. Donald Trump wants to deprive his competitors of any oxygen. That’s why the former president is likely skipping next week’s debate in Milwaukee. But it probably won’t work. As …

    How Doug Burgum plans to disrupt the GOP debate and scale his campaign

    How Doug Burgum plans to disrupt the GOP debate and scale his campaign

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    Gov. Doug Burgum hacked the RNC’s rules to qualify for Wednesday’s GOP debate. But can his startup campaign innovate beyond the gift card gambit he used to get there? This coming Wednesday, something big is happening in Milwaukee: the first Republican presidential debate. For relatively unknown …

    GOP Debates: Who’s in, who’s out

    GOP Debates: Who’s in, who’s out

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    First debate: Who qualified? Date • Aug. 23, 2023 • Time • 9 p.m. ET • Location • Milwaukee • Sponsors • Fox News, Young America’s Foundation & Rumble • Moderators • Bret Baier & Martha MacCallum Qualification period: July 1 – Aug. 21 Polling type: Candidates are ordered by qualifications met and their standing in the …

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