First Republican presidential debate covers Trump, abortion, Ukraine and more: Full coverage

8 GOP candidates not named Donald Trump took the stage in Milwaukee hoping to gain ground on the former president and current frontrunner.

Republican presidential candidates, from left: former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum. (Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images)

The first debate of the 2024 presidential cycle is in the books, as eight candidates vying for the Republican nomination took the stage in Milwaukee hoping to seize the spotlight from Donald Trump — at least for one night.

The former president and current frontrunner in the GOP primary skipped the event as he prepares to surrender to authorities in Georgia Thursday, giving the field of Republican hopefuls a rare window without him to make their cases in primetime. They struggled to do so.

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Our live coverage has concluded. Check out Yahoo News for the latest on the race, and see the blog below for a recap and analysis of Wednesday night's debate.