Fox News to announce participants of Republican presidential debate in Cleveland

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Quicken Loans Arena will host the first presidential debate on Thursday.

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CLEVELAND- Fox News will announce the participants of the first Republican presidential debate around 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

At least the 10 candidates, based on an average of the five most recent national polls, will be eligible to take part in Thursday’s contest. Fox News will broadcast the debate, which is moderated by Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier. It starts at 9 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.

*Watch Matt Wright’s exclusive look inside Quicken Loans Arena in the video above, as they prepare for the debate*

Currently, Donald Trump tops the polls with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush steady in second. Ohio Gov. John Kasich is on the bubble, with surveys ranking him 10th or 11th.

Candidates that are not eligible for the debate can participate in a forum at 5 p.m., also airing on the Fox News Channel.

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

Stay with FOX8 News and FOX8.com for continuing coverage on Thursday’s debate; we will be LIVE with exclusive coverage you will not see anywhere else.

GOP presidential debateFrom the candidates, to the moderators, to the experts, we 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 right after the debate.

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