Trump chant broke out in the crowd at the third GOP Debate as the former President continued to remain absent.

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The third Republican presidential primary debate of the 2024 campaign has commenced in Miami, Florida. This debate, hosted by NBC News, signifies a crucial juncture in the GOP race, with just two months remaining until the Iowa caucuses.

Five candidates have met the heightened polling and fundraising standards set by the Republican National Committee to participate in Wednesday’s debate:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott
Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Notably, former President Donald Trump, the frontrunner for the 2024 GOP nomination, has chosen to skip this event.

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With a reduced number of candidates on the stage, there is the potential for a more substantive and focused debate compared to previous instances when the discussions devolved into chaotic cross-talk. However, the urgency to alter the course of the Republican primary campaign may drive those on stage to make the most of their limited opportunities.