The GOP debate on Thursday night could spell doom for some while making others unstoppable. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Marco Rubio are the top four candidates, according to Chron.
Thursday’s debate on CNN comes just five days ahead of the next week’s “Super Tuesday 3,” when there are more than 350 delegates up for grabs, including in winner-take-all contests in Florida and Ohio.
Both Trump and Rubio are predicting that they will be victorious here in the Sunshine State, and fully aware of how much is riding on Florida. For Trump, a win here would fuel his growing momentum and further grow his delegate lead; for Rubio, losing his home state could be the death knell for his campaign.
Cruz and Kasich will also take the debate stage at a crucial moment in their campaigns. Cruz is aggressively trying to convince the Republican Party to coalesce around him, arguing he is the only candidate other than Trump capable of reaching 1,237 delegates; Kasich, who still has not won a single state, is eying his home state of Ohio with fresh optimism after a new poll this week showed him ahead of Rubio nationally.
The GOP debate comes after a Fox News poll showed Katich leading Trump in Ohio, but the front-runner topping Rubio in Florida.