With Donald Trump officially bowing out of tonight’s debate, GOP insiders are hoping the candidates will finally get a chance to highlight their policy strengths — and perhaps Trump’s weaknesses.
Here’s the lineup, ranked in the order they placed in the qualifying polls:
Tonight will mark Rand Paul’s return to primetime, as he did not poll high enough to secure a spot on the main stage at the last GOP debate. Paul, citing his frustration with the RNC-sanctioned qualification requirements, refused to attend the Charleston debate. Paul has said he is “very excited” to participate in tonight’s debate.
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