Thursday, February 25, 2016
The stage before the CNN Republican presidential debate at the University of Houston in Houston. Eric Thayer for The New York Times Follow live as The Times covers tonight’s Republican debate
By FIRST DRAFT
Welcome to debate night.
Join us at around 8:30 p.m. EST as Nick Confessore, Maggie Haberman, Alan Rappeport and our fact-check team provide live analysis of the final Republican debate before Super Tuesday.
Donald J. Trump has won three states in a row and the stakes are higher than ever for his rivals to halt his momentum. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who are locked in a close battle for second place in the delegate count, and John Kasich and Ben Carson, who are facing pressure to drop out entirely, will join Mr. Trump on stage.
The Times reported that Mr. Trump relied on foreign workers to staff his Florida club. Will his rivals try to use that against him? Will Mr. Cruz, who hopes Texas won’t be his Alamo, seek to cement his lead in polls there?
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