5 Topics for Republican Debate No. 8

Gabriella Schwarz / February 5, 2016

Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz (C), Marco Rubio (L) and Jeb Bush (C) take a break during the Fox News debate in Des Moines, Iowa on January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz (C), Marco Rubio (L) and Jeb Bush (C) take a break during the Fox News debate in Des Moines, Iowa on January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Seven of the Republican presidential candidates will meet Saturday night for the final debate before Tuesday’s voting in New Hampshire. The electorate in New Hampshire contrasts from the more conservative Iowa, where Sen. Ted Cruz captured the first place finish, followed by Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio. While Donald Trump currently leads in the Granite State, Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. John Kasich and Gov. Jeb Bush have gained momentum in recent polling.

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday morning, Steve Schmidt, John McCain’s former campaign strategist, said Saturday’s face-off will be “very consequential,” as it will “provide these candidates with the last bit of momentum or it will slow that momentum down.”

Check out these topics to follow the candidates and issues ahead of tomorrow’s debate and Tuesday’s voting.

Donald Trump: The frontrunner failed to win in Iowa last week. See if he’s more successful in New Hampshire.

Ted Cruz: The Texas senator’s success in Iowa has propelled his campaign. Will that momentum be enough for him to win Tuesday?

Marco Rubio: Rubio’s strong third place finish in the first-in-the-nation caucus state has caused the critcism from the other GOP candidates to increase. See how those attacks play out at the ABC-hosted debate Saturday.

New Hampshire primary: Voting in New Hampshire will deliver a strong signal to the electorate. Watch the race there unfold.

Leadership: On the trail, the candidates are attacking eachother over leadership and their accomplishments. Learn more about the qualities weighed by the New Hampshire electorate.

Follow 2016 Election Central for the top news from the next debate and learn more about the issues and candidates.

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