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Tracking candidate attacks at the second GOP debate

Vivek Ramaswamy was the most attacked candidate Wednesday night, and Nikki Haley delivered the most attacks.
Image: Republican presidential candidates spar on stage at a debate hosted by FOX Business in Simi Valley, Calif., on Wednesday night.
Republican presidential candidates spar at a debate hosted by Fox Business in Simi Valley, Calif., on Wednesday night.Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images

Once again, everyone came for Vivek Ramaswamy.

Ramaswamy was the most frequently attacked candidate at the California Republican presidential primary debate Wednesday night, just as he was during the August debate

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who entered the debate with a wave of momentum, delivered the most attacks, clashing frequently with Ramaswamy over his business ties in China and TikTok and with Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina over government spending, accomplishments and even curtains.

Former President Donald Trump wasn’t on the debate stage Wednesday, but that didn’t mean he escaped criticism. Trump was actually attacked more than any other GOP candidate throughout the night, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie repeatedly calling him out for skipping the first two debates.

See all of the attacks delivered throughout the night in the graphic below.