The polling front runner in Iowa, Ted Cruz, likely to come under close scrutiny in tonight's final 2015 GOP debate pic.twitter.com/kLIzukSNTI
— Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) December 15, 2015
The contender in the spotlight – Ted Cruz
Judging by the size of the TV audiences for the debates this coming fight for the Republican nomination is attracting more public attention than any previous White House race at the stage.
This evening, at about 2 a.m. UK time, CNN in conjunction with Facebook will be hosting a debate in Las Vegas. Since the last event in November the big changes have been the decline of Carson and the rise and rise of Ted Cruz. He’s now said to be the party establishments favoured contender to take on Donald Trump.
So we can expect a lot of focus on Cruz this evening with, no doubt, his two other main opponents Trump and Marco Rubio seeking to expose the weaknesses of some of his positions.
The other big development in December has, of course, being the controversial statements on Muslim immigration by Donald Trump. Interestingly the only one of the other contenders not to have condemned him has been Ted Cruz.
Time appears to be fast at running out for the brother of the former president, Jeb Bush. He simply has failed to make any progress in the polls which is extraordinary given the fact that in the summer he was a very tight favourite. Can Jeb make his tonight?
It’s going to be very interesting watching Rubio this evening. He is currently the bookies favourite but has seemed to have been sidelined in the past few weeks. He is, however, very accomplished at events like this.