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The Republican presidential debate on Fox Business Network Thursday night will feature seven candidates on the prime-time stage but two candidates will be noticeably absent.

Based on the network's polling criteria, Carly Fiorina and Senator Rand Paul did not qualify for the main debate. This is the first time that Senator Paul hasn't made the cut, and he is vowing to boycott the event. Fiorina will join the two other lower polling candidates, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum in the so-called undercard debate taking place earlier in the evening.

Meanwhile, the seven candidates chosen for the debate showdown in North Charleston are Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz,  Senator Marco Rubio, Ben Carson,  Governor Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and Governor John Kasich.

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