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Tea Party Debate: Republican Presidential Candidates Face Off In Florida (LIVE UPDATES)

09/12/2011 06:18 pm 18:18:50 | Updated Nov 12, 2011

Eight Republican presidential candidates are facing off in the Sunshine State on Monday night.

CNN and the Tea Party Express are sponsoring the two-hour forum. The Following GOP contenders are taking part in the event: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

A new CNN/ORC poll shows Perry running ahead of rival Republican candidates vying for the White House in 2012. The Texas governor made his debut on the presidential debate stage in California's first GOP primary debate of the election season last week.

Below, a live blog of the latest developments to unfold in Monday night's debate in Florida.

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