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The Thursday Republican debate: Who, what, when, where and why

Republican presidential hopefuls are set to showdown Thursday night, debating in Des Moines at the Iowa Events Center. Fox News and Google are hosting the debate.

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Let's get pondering:

Here's everything you need to know: 

Who will participate?:

Donald Trump, the Republican presidential primary front-runner, has boycotted debate on account of a feud with one of the Fox News moderators, Megyn Kelly. Kelly, you may recall, wanted to know in August what Trump had to say about the many disparaging remarks he's made toward women. He didn't like the line of questioning, or so it seems.

 Taking the main stage are Rand Paul, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

The undercard features Jim Gilmore, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and Carly Fiorina.

Who will moderate?

The moderators are Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace and Bret Baier of Fox News; the trio moderated the previous Fox News GOP debate in August.

What channel is it on? When can I catch it? Where is the debate?

You can catch the undercard at 6 p.m. Central Time and the main debate at 8 p.m. Central Time on the Fox News cable broadcast. That's channel 44 for Cox cable subscribers or channel 210 for AT&T U-verse customers in the Oklahoma City metro. The debate is also streaming on Fox News Radio (find your station here) and Fox News Mobile. The debate will stream for anyone with an Internet connection at

What did candidates have to achieve to make the main stage?

Fox News averaged five recent nationwide, New Hampshire and Iowa polls to determine who gets to participate. The main stage candidates had to poll top six nationally or in the top five in New Hampshire or Iowa.

Why does it matter? 

This is the last chance the candidates will have to present their ideas and solutions to America's problems in prime timeand win over caucus-goers ahead of the GOP nomination.

When is the next Republican showdown?

Sat., Feb. 6, Manchester, New Hampshire, at Saint Anslem College, three days before that state's primary and hosted by ABC News.

When will the Democrats next duel?

Thurs., Feb. 11 at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, with PBS hosting and "NewsHour" anchors Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill moderating. 

Juliana Keeping

Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award... Read more ›