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The Sunshine State takes center stage Wednesday night in the race for the White House as eight Republican presidential candidates face off in the party's first CNN/YouTube debate.

With five weeks and one day to go until the first votes are cast in the race for the White House, the stakes could hardly be higher.

The candidates will be fielding video questions submitted by the public via the YouTube Web site, just as Democratic White House hopefuls did in July.

If you've noticed, and it's hard not to, an edgy battle for the GOP presidential nomination has turned even testier the past few days.

One reason for the bad blood is that the Republican race is still very much up for grabs, and the clock's ticking. Rudy Giuliani's the front-runner in the national polls, but the former New York City mayor is not the one leading the polls in most of the early primary states. Read full article »

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CNN/YouTube debate
GOP candidates face questions from YouTube.
Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET

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