The big day is here! First GOP presidential debate set for tonight in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — It’s an exciting day for the city of Cleveland as thousands are set to pack Quicken Loans Arena later today.

Ten of the 17 Republican presidential candidates will gather for their first debate of the 2016 campaign.

Fox 8 is the only local station reporting LIVE from inside the Q throughout the day.

We had several guests throughout the Fox 8 Morning Show talking about the debate and the importance of Ohio in the presidential race, along with behind-the-scenes looks at what it takes to put on the event.

At stake for the GOP tonight: not only picking the candidate to represent them in the general election, but also selecting the direction the party will take as it tries to regain the White House.

The prime-time debate will include the top 10 ranking candidates based on polling and announced by Fox News Tuesday and will begin just before 9 p.m., lasting two hours. 

The remaining seven candidates will participate in a 5 p.m. debate on the same stage.

Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier have been meeting to craft tough questions. There will also be questions submitted by Facebook users across America.

**Click here to submit a question for the debate**

Candidates will have one minute to respond to questions addressed to them, with 30 seconds for rebuttal.

During and after the debate, press from across the country will file reports from a “spin room” separated from the stage by a black curtain.

A Facebook lounge includes an interactive touch screen displaying demographics related to hot-button issues.

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

From 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, with all-day coverage here on FOX8.com.

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