When is the next Republican presidential debate and how many GOP primary debates are left before the Republican National Convention? The candidates will face off for their sixth debate this week, followed by a half-dozen more between January and March 2016.
A total of 12 primary debates were scheduled by the Republican National Committee ahead of the Republican National Convention that kicks off on July 18 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
Here’s the latest information about the debate coming up on Thursday as well as the complete schedule of the remaining 2016 Republican primary debates.
With five debates now history, the GOP candidates are prepping for the next debate that will take place on January 14 at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center inNorth Charleston, South Carolina.
The debate will be hosted by the FOX Business Network and will broadcast live on your local FOX TV. Live stream coverage will be available on FOXBusiness.com. Download the Fox News App and watch the entire debate and post-show coverage on your Apple iPad, iPhone, Android device or Windows phone.
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Once again, the debate will be split into two segments — the bottom-tier candidates will face off at 6 p.m. ET, followed by the primetime debate at 9 p.m. ET that will include a rumored six candidates. Tune in to FBN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight on Monday, January 11 at 7 p.m. ET for the roster announcement for both debates.
Moderators for the January 14 GOP debate include Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo (primetime debate) and Trish Regan and Sandra Smith (early debate). According to FOX, the format will be similar to the November 10 debate and will focus on economic, domestic and international policy issues.
After Thursday night’s debate, there are six remaining Republican primary debates scheduled for 2016, with the next round coming up later this month in Iowa. Here’s the lineup per the official GOP website.
- January 28, 2016 (Iowa) – hosted by Fox News at the Iowa Events Center
- February 6, 2016 (New Hampshire) – hosted by ABC News at St. Anselm College in Manchester
- February 13, 2016 (South Carolina) – hosted by CBS News at Peace Center
- Greenville, SC
- February 26, 2016 (Texas) – hosted by NBC/Telemundo/National Review at the University of Houston in Houston.
- March (TBA) 2016 (location TBD) – hosted by Fox News (Venue TBD)
- March 10, 2016 (Florida) – hosted by CNN/Salem Radio (Venue TBD)
According to the Voice of America, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are in a “virtual dead heat” in Iowa and Trump currently holds a 16-point lead in New Hampshire.
Last week, Washington Post political writer Chris Cillizza sized up the GOP candidates and ranked them in order of who he thinks will be the 2016 Republican presidential nominee.
Cillizza predicts that Ted Cruz will win the caucuses “barring some sort of unforeseen collapse.” His second place pick is Marco Rubio, followed by Donald Trump,Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.
“The most likely scenario is that he finishes second behind Cruz in Iowa and wins New Hampshire… does he throw up his hands and walk away? I think the former is the more likely option. Trump loves what he has done in this campaign and has little to no interest in giving it up anytime soon.”
If you’re also interested in watching the Democratic presidential primary debates, the next debate is scheduled just days after the January 14 GOP debate. NBC will host the third Democratic debate on January 17 in Charleston, South Carolina, followed by a debate in Wisconsin (February 11), and Miami, Florida on March 9.
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