GOP debate field split into two tiers

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CLEVELAND, OH -- Donald Trump is coming back to prime time. He is the star attraction of the first GOP debate Thursday night, and the top dog in a 17 dog race.

With such a crowded republican field, FOX chopped the bottom seven candidates in the polls out of the prime-time lineup. So now Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Jim Gilmore will all debate in a consolation forum before the main event.

The remaining candidates of Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and John Kasich will take center stage at 8pm.

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