WHO'S ON TOP AT GOP?

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The Republican candidates who participated in the New Hampshire debate-style faceoff are waiting to learn if they will make the cut.

The Fox News debate this Thursday is using national polls to sift a top 10 from the 17-strong GOP field. However, national polls aren’t necessarily the best barometer of the primary’s eventual outcome.

All but three of the 17 Republican candidates for president took part in a New Hampshire forum at last night debate lite. Unlike Thursday's nationally televised debate in Cleveland, the gathering didn't have a cut-off for participation. In their upcoming Ohio meeting, only the GOP's top 10 candidates in national polling will be allowed on stage.

Who are the top ten GOP darlings? The participants include seven current, or former state governors, four US senators, a business executive, a retired neurosurgeon and one former senator.

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