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Follow Our Live Blog of Tonight's GOP Debate

Join the discussion on our New Hampshire Patch sites or on Twitter, using the hashtag #nhdebatewatch.

Eight candidates will take the stage for tonight's Republican presidential debate at Oakland University in Michigan. CNBC will broadcast the debate starting at 8 p.m. EST.

Participating in the debate will be Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Herman Cain. The theme of the debate will be the economy.

Patch will host a live debate chat featuring local Patch editors and Granite State political observers like conservative blogger William Smith of Merrimack, former state Reps. Jim Splaine, D-Portsmouth and Fran Wendelboe, R-New Hampton, and We The People founder Jennifer Horn of Nashua.

Here's what to expect and how you can join in:

  • You should see a headline on a story that has the words "Live Debate Blog" in it; that will have a window at the top of the story page. In that window, you will see posts from New Hampshire Patch Editors, plus debate tweets, and more.
  • The window is self-refreshing, so you don't need to reload the page to stay on top of the latest information. As soon as there is a new post, you will hear an audio notification — the sound of typing on a keyboard. You can turn these features off by clicking the speaker or circular button next to it.
  • Contribute! Comment; tell us what you think of what the candidates are saying, about the questions being asked, and who you think is doing well and who is struggling. All you have to do is type in a name (real names only, please) and your comment. The live blog will also pick up all tweets using the hashtag #nhdebatewatch.

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