Election Day 2016 is still more than a year away, but primary debate season is almost upon us. The Republican National Committee, in an effort to prevent a repeat of the 25-plus debates during the 2012 election cycle, has sanctioned only nine debates this cycle.
While a debate performance alone will not usually make or break a candidacy, there's no denying a presidential primary debate can be a high-stakes encounter. It can allow a candidate riding high in the polls to solidify his or her lead with a strong performance, but it can also trip up an otherwise-formidable candidate who turns in an awkward performance.
A debate can also provide some lesser-known candidates with an opportunity to shine -- a chance to emerge from the pack and make a real run at the nomination.
The GOP debates this cycle will take place between August 2015 and March 1, 2016. Here's a look at what we know about each of the debates thus far.