Fox News reveals participants for GOP debate in Cleveland; Ohio Gov. Kasich makes cut

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CLEVELAND- Fox News announced on Tuesday the candidates who will participate in the first Republican presidential debate.

The GOP debate will be held at 9 p.m. on Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. It will air live on the Fox News Channel with moderators Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier.

Donald Trump will take the center podium as the frontrunner while Ohio Gov. John Kasich made the cut in the 10th spot.

"As governor, I am glad to welcome my fellow debate participants to our great state. I look forward to discussing the issues facing our country with you on Thursday! Until then I hope everyone enjoys themselves in Cleveland. It’s a great town," Kasich said on his Facebook page.

The top candidates, based on an average of the five most recent national polls, are as follows:

1. Donald Trump
2. Jeb Bush
3. Scott Walker
4. Mike Huckabee
5. Ben Carson
6. Ted Cruz
7. Marco Rubio
8. Rand Paul
9. Chris Christie
10. John Kasich

Those who are not eligible for the debate can participate in a forum at 5 p.m. Thursday, also airing on the Fox News Channel. Those candidates are:

1. Rick Perry
2. Rick Santorum
3. Bobby Jindal
4. Carly Fiorina
5. Lindsey Graham
6. George Pataki
7. Jim Gilmore

More coverage of the Republican presidential debate, including candidate bios, exclusive videos and event information here

GOP presidential debateFrom the candidates, to the moderators, to the experts, FOX 8 News will be the only Cleveland TV station broadcasting LIVE inside Quicken Loans Arena.

It all starts with FOX 8 News in the Morning LIVE from the Q and continues all day, including a special 11 p.m. edition of FOX 8 News after the debate.

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