Gov. Doug Burgum's Debate Appearance in Question After Injury

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North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum is one of eight candidates set to be on stage during tonight's GOP primary debate. However, it's now being reported that he could miss it due to a personal injury.

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According to CNN's Dana Bash, Burgum was rushed to a Milwaukee hospital today after playing a game of pick-up basketball with his staff.

So, the eight candidates on stage could be down to seven, depending on how badly injured Burgum is.

Here's more on the story:

The event is being held in Milwaukee and his campaign tells Fox News that it is now "unclear if he will be able to stand at the debate."

The injury Tuesday night forced Burgum to be sent to a local hospital's emergency room. As of Wednesday, he has been discharged, his campaign says.

Burgum is a dark horse in the race, lacking the name recognition that other candidates enjoy. He qualified for the debate by earning 3% support in the Fox News Iowa poll but has otherwise remained a relatively obscure figure in national politics.

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Before entering politics, Burgum was a businessman, establishing himself in the tech sector with a software company. He ran for governor of North Dakota and won, and has been fairly popular in his state. However, he still lacks prominence in the national arena, though his campaign was hoping to use tonight's debate as a launch point.

All of the candidates on the stage will be looking to set themselves apart, both from the other candidates and from the one candidate who will not be on the stage - Donald Trump.

Also debating tonight will be Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, U.S. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, former Vice President Mike Pence, tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

The debate takes place tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Fox News.

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