This coming Tuesday is Super Tuesday, where an enormous 595 delegates — about 1/4 of all Republican delegates — will be awarded. The stakes are huge. If Donald Trump runs the table and wins almost all of the contests, he is almost assured of victory. If Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio can win several states, then it is a whole new contest.
Tonight's Republican debate is the last Republican debate before Super Tuesday. Here are 3 key things to look for in tonight's debate:
1) Will Rubio and Cruz attack Trump? So far, Republicans other than Bush have largely stayed away from attacking Trump and have ended up fighting among themselves. This means Trump emerges largely unscathed from the debates.
2) Will Trump say something so crazy he will actually turn off large segments of the electorate? So far each thing Trump says seems to strengthen his base, but there is always the possibility that he will go "one bridge too far" and say something that will seriously damage his prospects.
3) Can Cruz regain his footing? Cruz has been under attack from both Trump and Rubio for alleged deceptive campaign tactics, and he has slipped into third place in Nevada and South Carolina. He is the only one to have won a state other than Trump, so he needs a very strong performance tonight to regain his stature.
It will be an exciting evening as we see what happens. This evening, as the field has narrowed, could impact who is the Republican nominee and then potentially the next President of the United States.