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Fox News Republican debates FAQ: Everything you need to know (plus bingo cards!)

News organizations begin setting up outside the Quicken Loans Arena for the Fox News  GOP presidential candidate debate scheduled to take place tomorrow evening on August 5, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The top ten polling Republican candidates were chosen to participate in the debate.
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News organizations begin setting up outside the Quicken Loans Arena for the Fox News GOP presidential candidate debate scheduled to take place tomorrow evening on August 5, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The top ten polling Republican candidates were chosen to participate in the debate.

The Republican primary is starting to get into full swing, with Fox News throwing one of the first major debates for primary candidates on Thursday. (Many of the candidates previously appeared separately answering questions in a C-SPAN forum.)

When is the Fox News debate?

It takes place Thursday at 6 p.m. Pacific/9 p.m. Eastern.

Can I watch the Fox News debate online?

If you're a cable subscriber, you can watch the debate online by signing in through your cable provider. It'll also be available to cable subscribers on the Fox News Go app for mobile devices.

Anything I should watch for in the debate?

Supporters will be watching in hopes that their favorite candidate does well; rivals will watch in hopes their opponents do badly; and many others will be watching in hopes that they'll be entertained. 

Still, the first debate could have a real impact in this incredibly crowded Republican primary. NPR breaks down the stakes: 

One option to add to the entertainment value: There are several bingo cards available. Yahoo has one for some likely topics and phrases:

One of the more colorful bingo cards comes from the Chicago Tribune, with squares like "Christie punches someone in the face" and "Trump shoots money cannon into crowd." It may not be the most likely card to produce a Bingo!, but hey, if any of these squares get checked off, it should be a fun watch.

You can alsotry out the Sun-Sentinel's bingo card which, like the Yahoo one, is based largely around topics and common phrases of the various candidates.

Who's going to be in the Fox News Republican debate?

The top 10 candidates, based on an average of national polling, were invited to participate. Here are the Thursday night debaters:

1. Businessman Donald Trump
2. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
3. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
4. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
5. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson
6. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
7. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio
8. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul
9. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
10. Ohio Gov. John Kasich

When is the forum for candidates below the top 10?

2 p.m. Pacific/5 p.m. Eastern.

Who is in the one-hour forum for lower tier candidates?

Several high-profile candidates — including California businesswoman Carly Fiorina — did not make the cutoff the be in the main debate. She and others will take part in a one-hour forum for the rest of the Republican primary field that will take place earlier in the day, along with:

— Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry
— Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
— South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham
— Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum
— Former New York Gov. George Pataki
— Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore