Nine long months after former President Donald Trump jumped into the 2024 presidential race, the first Republican primary debate is finally around the corner. Scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 23, the debate could help winnow the crowded field for the first time this year.

To qualify, candidates must draw donations from 40,000 individuals and reach 1% support in several high-quality polls, benchmarks which TIME first reported the Republican National Committee was floating to campaigns in May. Their donors must include 200 individuals from 20 different states. Additionally, they must sign a loyalty pledge agreeing to support whoever the party eventually nominates. The Republican National Committee has set a deadline of Monday, Aug. 21, for candidates to meet the criteria. By Tuesday, the committee is expected to have formally announced who has qualified for the first debate.

So far, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum have all signed the pledge, and have met the other criteria, according to their campaigns or media outlets closely tracking polling and the campaigns’ finances. Trump appears unlikely to attend.

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