01/19/2012 07:20 pm ET

Republican Debate: Presidential Candidates Face Off Ahead Of South Carolina Primary

On the heels of Texas Gov. Rick Perry abandoning his campaign for the White House, four candidates running for the Republican presidential nomination are participating in a debate in South Carolina on Thursday night.

The event, as well as Perry's departure from the race, come with the Palmetto State's primary election two days away.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will take to the stage on Thursday night.

Below, a live blog of the latest developments to unfold in South Carolina.