Eight Republican candidates square off Wednesday night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the first GOP debate of the 2024 primary cycle.
However, the candidates are essentially fighting for second place.
Meanwhile, frontrunner Donald Trump is countering with a session with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, which will air concurrently with the start of the debate at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Fox will moderate the debate at the Fiserv Forum Arena in Milwaukee with moderators Martha MacCallum and Bret Baier.
Participating candidates include Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Former Vice President Mike Pence, Biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, Senator Tim Scott (RS.C.), Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, Former New Jersey Governor , Chris Christie, and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.
Three other candidates — Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, businessman Perry Johnson and radio host Larry Elder — claim they qualified to appear on stage but were not included in the RNC cast released Monday night.
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