The four remaining Republican candidates in the 2016 race to the presidency are scheduled to take the stage Thursday night at the University of Miami for yet another GOP debate. Thursday’s event is sponsored by CNN, Salem Media Group and the Washington Times. It airs at 9 p.m. EST on CNN.
CNN’s Jake Tapper will moderate the debate. He is CNN’s chief Washington correspondent anchors CNN’s “The Lead” and hosts “State of the Union.” In addition to Tapper, Dana Bash, the network’s chief political correspondent, will be asking additional questions along with Salem talk radio host Hugh Hewitt and Washington Times national political correspondent Stephen Dinan.
Thursday’s debate comes days after Republican candidate and billionaire businessman Donald Trump clinched wins in the Michigan and Mississippi primaries as well as Hawaii’s caucuses. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the Idaho Republican primary.
“There’s only one person who did well tonight. Donald Trump,” Trump said at a press conference Tuesday night.
Trump, Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will duke it out Thursday night, less than a week before Florida’s March 15 primary election. The primary is close to a must-win for Florida’s Rubio. However, a poll released Monday by Monmouth University found that 38 percent of the state’s GOP primary voters back Trump, while 30 percent support Rubio. Seventeen percent back Cruz and 10 percent said they support Kasich. There are 99 delegates at stake in Florida.
The final Republican primary debate is scheduled for March 21 in Salt Lake City.