When is the Republican debate?

The first of several political debates is finally getting under way

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The Independent US

The first official debate of the Republican Party is taking place in Cleveland, Ohio, on Thursday 6 August.

The main debate - involving the 10 candidates currently leading in the polls - is taking place at 9pm Eastern Time.

An earlier debate, involving the seven candidates who did not make the cut for the main event, is taking place at 5pm.