The 10th Republican debate is set for tonight just five days before Super Tuesday.
According to USA Today, since the last debate on Feb. 13, Donald Trump won the Nevada caucuses and South Carolina primary, and Jeb Bush dropped out of the race.
What was once a field of 17 Republican candidates has now dropped to just five: Sen. Ted Cruz, billionaire businessman Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. John Kasich and neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
This debate takes place at the Moores Opera House at the University of Houston in Texas. Texas is one of 11 states which is part of Super Tuesday next week. Thursday will be a big night for Cruz, who is hoping to win his home state.
"One week from today will be the most important night of the campaign," Cruz said Tuesday.
Trump is the frontrunner after wins in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.
"It's going to be an amazing two months," Trump said in his Nevada victory speech Tuesday. "We might not even need the two months, folks, to be honest."
The debate airs at 8:30 p.m. ET Thursday on CNN, along with a livestream at CNN.com. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will moderate.
There are three more Republican debates scheduled before the final one in April in New York.
Publication date: February 25, 2016
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.