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GOP Debate: Republican Presidential Candidates Face Off In New Hampshire (LIVE UPDATES)

10/11/2011 04:20 pm 16:20:28 | Updated Dec 11, 2011

Eight Republican candidates competing for their party's presidential nomination will go head-to-head in a primary debate in New Hampshire on Tuesday night.

The Bloomberg/Washington Post forum begins at 8 p.m. ET. GOP contenders participating in the event include: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

The debate comes in the wake of Cain's surprise win in Florida's presidential straw poll. Since the event, the Republican hopeful has seen a surge in support.

Meanwhile, Perry is looking to bounce back after a series of missteps on the trail.

A new Gallup poll shows Romney running ahead of rival GOP candidates at 20 percent support. According to the survey, 18 percent of Republicans are standing behind the Cain campaign, while 15 percent back Perry.

Below, a live blog of the latest developments to unfold in New Hampshire.

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