GOP Candidates Look to Distinguish Their Campaigns in New Hampshire

ABC News' Jon Karl reports the latest news from the 2016 presidential campaign trail.
2:45 | 08/04/15

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Thanks very much. Counting down now to the first big debate in the race for the white house. Republican candidates go head to head Thursday night. Last night a warm-up game. More than a dozen on stage in New Hampshire taking a pretty easy on each other hitting president Obama and Hillary Clinton hard. Jon Karl tracking it all. Donald Trump sat this one out last fight but he'll be front and center Thursday. Reporter: George, Donald Trump is riding higher than ever. He will be center stage. That much is certain. But there are 17 candidates, only 10 will get into the big debate. Those ten at the top of the polls by the end of the day today. It was a warm-up session for the big debate. 14 republican presidential candidates participating overnight in a forum in new Hampshire. There was no republican in-fighting on display here. Every person that's participated in this debate is far better than any of the democrats running. Reporter: It looked a little light speed dating. Each candidate getting less than ten minutes to try to make their case. Whether it's Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden I'm a new, fresh face. We made it through jimmy Carter. We'll make it through Barack Obama. I'm fluent in clintonspeak. When he says, bill says I didn't have sex with that woman, he did and when she tells us, trust me, you've got all the e-mails that you need, we haven't even scratched the surface. Reporter: Three of the candidates couldn't appear in person and joined via satellite from Washington. But the elephant not in the room last night in New Hampshire, front-runner Donald Trump. The Donald told the for rum's co-sponsor "The New Hampshire union leader" since he's not likely to get the paper's endorsement he was going to pass on their invitation but he will be center stage at the first debate of the 2016 presidential cycle now two days away in Cleveland. Jon, trump is leading all the major polls right now and it looks like the rest of the field is pretty firmed up. Reporter: That's right. Remember, it's the top ten in the polls by the end of the day today that will be in the debate. Here's the ABC analysis of who will be in the debate. The top ten candidate, as you can see trump is far and away the leader now, double digit lead ever everybody and the rest of the field Chris Christie, the tenth candidate, barely making it in the race. That's interesting George, because as you remember it wasn't all that long ago that Chris Christie was considered a possible front-runner here. And, Jon, some pretty accomplished candidates not making the cut. These are the candidates who will not make the cut in our analysis. You can see you have incredible resumes, former governor of Texas, the person Rick santorum who was the runner-up last tile, the only come in the race and former governor of New York, former governor of Virginia. None of them as it looks right now will even be in the race. In that debate. If you can't make the debate it's very hard to see how you make any traction at all.

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