Fifth Republican Debate on CNN: Everything You Need To Know
6:00 p.m. debate - Four candidates will take the stage for the first debate. Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum will be in the center. George Pataki will be on Huckabee’s right, and Lindsey Graham will be on Santorum’s left.
8:30 p.m. debate - Nine candidates qualified for the prime-time stage. Donald Trump will be center stage. To his left: Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Rand Paul. To his right: Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina and John Kasich.
To qualify, candidates had to meet one of three criteria given by the network: to poll by an average of at least 3.5 percent nationally; at least 4 percent in Iowa; or at least 4 percent in New Hampshire, according to CNN. Nine candidates made this cut, and four made the cut for the early debate, with the remaining candidates who are polling at at least 1 percent making the undercard.