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Five Places To Watch Tonight's GOP Presidential Debate

Whether you're a Jeb Bush supporter, a Donald Trump enthusiast, a die-hard Marco Rubio fan, or none of the above, tonight's Republican presidential primary debate is bound to be full of surprises. Unlike in some election seasons, no one quite knows what to expect from the candidate lineup — will it be a serious night of policy-focused debate, or an unpredictable —  bordering-on-farcical —  example of our great American political system at work? 

Here are five local spots where you can watch it with your friends (or foes):

1. Arizona GOP HeadquartersFacebook Event Link
3501 N. 24th Street, Phoenix
Doors Open at 5:45 p.m.

Hosted by Maricopa County Young Republican Professionals (co-hosted by Arizona Students For Rubio, ASU Millennials For Jeb, ASU Students for Rand, Maricopa Young Republicans, Arizona Republican Party, ASU College Republicans)


Wanna hang out with a bunch of smart, enthusiastic students and young professionals? Then this is the venue for you. (We hear there will be food there too #bonus.)

2. Paz Cantina Facebook Event Link
1011 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix
Gathering begins around 5:30

While not officially hosted by the Arizona Democratic Party, this is where local Dems are planning to meet up. (Rumor has it there will be a competitive GOP Debate Watching Bingo game going on, too.)

3. Mi Familia Vota Facebook Event Link
1710 E Indian School Rd Suite 100, Phoenix
Doors open 5:30 p.m.

If immigration reform is a top issue for you, then this is where you should spend the night because according to the group's official statement, "Immigrant families, advocates, and allies will be on-hand at the debate watch party to respond and correct what the candidates say (or don’t say) on the immigration issue." 

4. Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill Event Link
5310 E High St. Bldg. A3, Suite 115, Phoenix
Show up around 5:30 p.m.

Hosted by the Arizona Republican Jewish Coalition, food and drinks by Toby. We hear this will be a good spot to network and meet new folks. Plus, there will be beer!

5. Old Chicago Alma SchoolFacebook Event Link
1656 S Alma School Rd, Mesa
Plan to be there around 5:30 p.m.

Hosted by the local chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America, this event is for those interested in "watching the crazies on the Republican side dance around Donald Trump and how they will try to out Donald each other on the issues." And apparently "each time the words Illegal, Benghazi, Planned Parenthood, Abortion, Family Values, God, Strong America, Hillary Clinton, Obama, Obama Care, etc. are mentioned during the debate," the crowd will chant "We want Bernie." 

**Also, if you're going to play a drinking game — a good reason to attend a debate party, right? — just make sure you play by the rules.
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Miriam is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times.
Contact: Miriam Wasser