Here's your GOP debate lineup: Final roster set for Thursday night's showdown

We now know who'll make the cut for the Cleveland debate


Salon Staff
August 5, 2015 12:24AM (UTC)

Fox News' poll window for the top 10 candidates to qualify for Thursday night's first GOP presidential primary debate closed at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, so we now know which candidates will make the cut and face off at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

In averages of the most recent public polls, the top 10 candidates are as follows:

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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

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whose 2012 candidacy flopped after a disastrous debate performance, just misses the mark; in Real Clear Politics' national polling average, he's in 11th place at 2 percent, just behind Kasich, the governor of Ohio, who garners 2.8 percent support.

Others who will have to make do with the 5 p.m. "kids' table debate" before the top 10 candidates face off  at 9 p.m. Thursday include Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Jim Gilmore.


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