GOP presidential candidates seek center stage

Tonight's Republican debate is the last time the potential GOP presidential nominees will appear together on stage before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses. The amount of time a candidate gets to speak -- and where they are positioned on stage -- tends to correlate with their standing in the polls.

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Debate date

GOP support before debate

Position on stageCENTER

Percent of total words spoken

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    Words per issue

      SOURCE: Washington Post analysis, Gallup polling among Republicans and GOP-leaning Independents. GRAPHIC: Wilson Andrews, Ted Mellnik, Laura Stanton and Karen Yourish - The Washington Post. Published Dec. 14, 2011.