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Fox News Sets GOP Debate Roster

Fox News Tuesday released the roster for its prime-time Republican presidential debate, with Donald Trump as the front-runner heading into Thursday night's eagerly-awaited event.

Trump will be joined by Gov. Jeb Bush; Gov. Scott Walker; Gov. Mike Huckabee, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Rand Paul, Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich on the stage for the debate, which will air live on Fox News. 

Not making the cut, but who will be invited to appear at a forum the same day, were Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Rick Santorum,  Gov. Bobby Jindal, former HP chief Carly Fiorina, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Gov. George Pataki and Gov. Jim Gilmore.

The rosters were determined based on an average of the five most recent national polls, from Bloomberg, CBS News, Fox News, Monmouth University and Quinnipiac University.

John Eggerton contributed to this story.