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Read Live Updates From The Fox Business Republican Debate

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 14:  Workers prepare the debate hall for the Fox Business Network Republican presidential deba
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 14: Workers prepare the debate hall for the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center on January 14, 2016 in North Charleston, South Carolina. The sixth Republican debate will be held in two parts; the main prime-time debate for the top seven candidates in the polls and an earlier debate for the remaining candidates. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Republican presidential hopefuls are gathering in Charleston, South Carolina, on Thursday for the first primary debate of 2016.

The debate, hosted by Fox Business, will feature an undercard debate at 6 p.m. EST, where former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will face off. Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) was relegated to this debate, but has chosen not to participate.

The rest of the candidates will take part in a larger debate starting at 9 p.m. EST. That includes businessman Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Read live updates from the event below:

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