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When is the next Republican presidential debate: What time, which channel in University of Miami

When is the next Republican presidential debate: What time, which channel in University of Miami

When is the next Republican presidential debate: What time, which channel in University of Miami

On 10th March we will see the twelfth Republican debate. Coming after more than twenty primaries and caucuses fight, one thing is clear. Donald Trump is going to face closer scrutiny and far more serious fight and retribution than his campaign might have imagined.

The way his lead has been shrinking and narrowing compared to the man who seems to be challenging him seriously everywhere is clear departure from the initial successes that came his way. Ted Cruz seems to be cementing his position as the main challenger against the billionaire businessman who has clearly antagonized the Republican top brass.

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A latest ABC News/Washington Post survey poll suggests that Trump despite his top position is losing support. According to polls as many as 34 percent Republican and GOP-leaning independent voters say they want Trump to win the GOP nomination in a new ABC News/Washington Post survey.

Despite his lead when it comes to one-on-one match-ups with Cruz and Rubio, Trump loses. Cruz leads Trump 54 to 41 percent, and Rubio leads the outspoken businessman 51 to 45 percent. The poll suggests that Cruz trounces Trump among both evangelicals (64 percent to 31 percent) and self-identified very conservative voters (60 to 34 percent). Rubio also beats Trump among both groups, though by far smaller margins. Favorability among GOP women could be a hurdle for Trump.

In the meantime the twelfth Republican debate will be attended by the four remaining Republican presidential contenders including Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Governor John Kasich. The debate is the final presidential showdown to air on CNN and comes ahead of the key March 15 primaries in Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Missouri and Ohio. The debate is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. CST.

The debate will be tough is an understatement. Cruz and Rubio took direct at aim at Trump. The hardline tactic seemed to pay off for Cruz, who picked up Kansas and Maine in weekend voting and narrowed the delegate gap between himself and Trump. A Republican candidate needs 1,237 delegates to capture the nomination. Trump currently has 384 delegates to Cruz’s 300. Rubio has 151 and Ohio Gov. John Kasich has 37. In all, 150 delegates will be up for grabs March 8.

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