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Everything you need to know for the 2nd Republican debate: candidates, moderators, format, hot topics...

Tonight (most of), the Republicans seeking the nomination for their party will head to the debate stage. This is who is involved and how it will play out.

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Tonight (most of), the Republicans seeking the nomination for their party will head to the debate stage. This is who is involved and how it will play out.
BRIAN SNYDERREUTERS

The second Republican primary debate has just kicked off with the seven candidates making their voices heard in California. It will go on for two hours.

The candidates are at a critical position of their campaining. The debate comes just days before they most disclose their fundraising figures, meaning it is the last time the candidates can make a final push before the wheat is seperated from the chaff.

Up for debate will be the huge autoworker strike, with 140,000 workers on strike, as well as the state of the US economy under the current president. Immigration, which has become a major political football, will be a major debate point too.

The confirmed candidates

According to the RNC, the candidates who met the requirements and will face each other in this Wednesday’s debate are:

  • Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida
  • Mike Pence, former vice president
  • Doug Burgum, governor of North Dakota
  • Chris Christie, former governor of New Jersey
  • Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina
  • Vivek Ramaswami, businessman
  • Tim Scott, Senator from South Carolina

Again, Donald Trump will skip the Republican debate, allowing the other candidates to make their case to Republican primary voters.

How and where to watch the second debate

The second Republican debate is presented by Fox News and Univisión, so both networks will broadcast the event completely live through their respective television channels. The transmission on both television stations will begin with a one-hour preview at 8:00 p.m. ET.

If you do not have access to television or simply prefer streaming, you can follow the second Republican debate online, through the Rumble platform.

It will be moderated by Stuart Varney and Dana Perino of Fox News Media and Ilia Calderón of Univision. Each candidate wll have a minute to answer each question.