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6 days until the Michigan primary

10 days until the Nevada caucuses

The Republican '08ers -- minus Duncan Hunter -- gather Thursday in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for their first debate since John McCain's New Hampshire victory.

The 90-minute showdown, which will be moderated by Brit Hume, gets underway at 9:00 pm ET and will be broadcast on the Fox News Channel.

Looking ahead, here are five two-part questions to consider for the next five weeks:

1. After picking up "silvers" in Iowa and New Hampshire, will the Romney name still be "gold" in Michigan? (Or will Romney's presidential bid end in the state where it began?)

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2. Does the culinary endorsement for Barack Obama mean that it's time to stick a fork in Clinton's Nevada campaign? (Or does Rory Reid's hunger to be Secretary of the Interior overcome the backing of a union which represents 60,000 casino workers?)

3. Can the one-two punch of Eric Woolson and Trust Huckabee repeat their magic in South Carolina? (Or will Huckabee be handcuffed by his Iowa pledge to stay positive?)

4. Can Rudy Giuliani convince the press not to write off his candidacy before Florida votes on Jan. 29? (Or will people learn that he didn't falter in New Hampshire for a lack of trying?)

5. Will Barack Obama come under further media scrutiny? (Or will Bill Clinton's least favorite "fairy tale" continue?)

The kicker:

"Let's not have Obama suffer for the mistakes of the pollsters."

--Karl Rove to NPR on Obama suffering from expectations built up by the media

On the campaign trail…

JOHN MCCAIN

-- Holds press conference, Columbia, SC

-- Holds town hall meeting with voters, Greenville, SC

-- Holds media availability, Greenville, SC

-- 9:00 pm ET: Participates in Fox News Debate, Myrtle Beach, SC

MITT ROMNEY

-- 9:00 pm ET: Participates in Fox News Debate, Myrtle Beach, SC

MIKE HUCKABEE

-- 9:00 pm ET: Participates in Fox News Debate, Myrtle Beach, SC

RUDY GIULIANI

-- 11:30 am ET: Visits with supporters at event, Myrtle Beach, SC

-- 9:00 pm ET: Participates in Fox News Debate, Myrtle Beach, SC

FRED THOMPSON

-- 9:00 pm ET: Participates in Fox News Debate, Myrtle Beach, SC

RON PAUL

-- 9:00 pm ET: Participates in Fox News Debate, Myrtle Beach, SC

DUNCAN HUNTER

-- 4:30 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Caro, MI

As for the Democrats…

BARACK OBAMA

-- 11:00 am ET: Attends rally with voters, Charleston, SC

JOHN EDWARDS

-- 5:00 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Charleston, SC

-- 6:00 pm ET: Attends event with supporters, Charleston, SC

DENNIS KUCINICH

-- 7:00 pm ET: Speaks to voters at event, Troy, MI

At the White House. . .

PRESIDENT BUSH

-- 2:55 am ET: Meets with the President of the Palestinian Authority, Muqata, Ramallah

-- 4:35 am ET: Holds press conference with the President of the Palestinian Authority, Muqata, Ramallah

-- 5:10 am ET: Meets with the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Muqata, Ramallah

-- 7:15 am ET: Visits the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

POLITICAL NEWS STORIES ON ABCNEWS.COM

ABC News' Kate Snow and Jennifer Parker Report: Woman Who Made Hillary Cry Votes Obama LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper Reports: The Huckashuffle: How to Win S.C. and Michigan LINK

ABC News' Emily Friedman Reports: Hillary Bashing Put Her in Favorable Light LINK

ABC News' Tahman Bradley Reports: Clinton Beats Obama in Primary Fundraising LINK

ABC News' Richard Morin Reports: Women Deliver N.H. for Clinton; Moderates and Indies for McCain LINK

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