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Rate the GOP Debate Based on the Candidates' Closing Statements

Republican presidential candidates (L-R) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Carson, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and John Kasich take the stage for the first prime-time presidential debate hosted by FOX News and Facebook at the Quicken Loans Arena August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The top-ten GOP candidates were selected to participate in the debate based on their rank in an average of the five most recent national political polls. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Thursday night's first Republican presidential debate had plenty of high-octane moments, but sometimes "it's not where you start, it's where you finish."

Each candidate had 30 seconds to make their closing statement — how do you rate them, based on their final remarks?

Ohio Gov. John Kasich


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie


Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul


Florida Sen. Marco Rubio


Texas Sen. Ted Cruz


Dr. Ben Carson


Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker


Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush


Donald Trump


The final statements and our poll were the subject of Saturday's "Pure Opelka" radio program on TheBlazeRadio.

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