WHAT TIME IS GOP DEBATE? Tonight’s Republican debate starts at 8 p.m. EST. It will run two hours.
WHERE CAN I WATCH THE DEBATE? It airs live on CNN.
HOW CAN I STREAM THE DEBATE ONLINE? CNN.com will live stream the debate.
WHO IS PARTICIPATING IN THE DEBATE? Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
WHO’S MODERATING? CNN’s Jake Tapper will moderate and CNN’s Dana Bash, Salem talk radio host Hugh Hewitt and The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan will join as questioners.
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. A Fox News poll released Wednesday showed Kasich leading Trump in Ohio, but the front-runner topping Rubio in Florida.
Trump is leading overall Florida, while he’s slightly behind in Ohio:
Trump also leads in North Carolina and Illinois. All the states mentioned vote this coming Tuesday, March 15th. Missouri votes as well, but the last poll I’ve seen that was taken there comes from last August.
Oh yea, the Northern Mariana Islands vote as well on Tuesday, but obviously there’s no polling there, either.