— -- The stakes are high tonight.
The top 11 candidates, including Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina, will duke it out at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in the second Republican presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle.
The debate, hosted by CNN and moderated by CNN Anchor Jake Tapper, kicks off at 8 p.m. Eastern. CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash and conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt will also ask questions.
Four of the low-tiered candidates will debate at 6 p.m. prior to the primetime debate.
Keep checking back for updates from our ABC News politics team as the candidates prep for the debate, when the candidates take the stage, and when they take on the spin room.