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Eight Republican candidates will take the stage at the Reagan Library in California tonight for the third debate of the presidential primary season.

But, this one may matter more since its the first that will include Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has rocketed to the top of the 2012 Republican field after just three weeks in the race.

We will be live-blogging every minute — literally — of the proceedings below so make sure to joins us starting at 8 pm eastern time (or a little before if you are the kind of person who likes to watch batting practice before a baseball game).

Think of it like Mystery Science Theater 3000 but for politics. Watch the debate live on MSNBC and follow real-time commentary right here.

Trust us. It will be fun.