The first GOP debate is set to get underway this evening at 9 p.m. ET in Cleveland, and it will be an incredibly interesting event to watch. One of the most intriguing names to keep an eye on this evening will be Donald Trump, who is doing his best to prove that he is a legitimate presidential candidate despite quite a bit of skepticism surrounding him.
Ever since he entered the presidential race for the Republican party, the polls have shown that he has been highly favored. Whether that is a serious vote or not is another question, but he has garnered quite a bit of attention.
Thursday will be his first opportunity to go up against other politicians in a debate, and it is an incredibly important moment for him.
Getting off to a fast start in this race is the only way that Trump stands a chance against the lifelong politicians. He is breaking into this race without any kind of experience in the field, and will have to figure out a way to win people over. So far the has done just that with his speeches and bluntness, but there are many ways for his opponents to shoot bullet holes in his speeches during a debate.
As of right now, Trump is leading in the polls by an average of 10.4 percentage points over former Republican front-runner Jeb Bush. That lead will dwindle over the next few months more than likely, but Trump has a chance to make them rise if he can have a good showing this evening while putting together thoughtful and blunt answers to the questions that are asked tonight.
While his speeches and antics have gotten him the lead so far, they aren’t the type of of things that will win him an election.
All of that being said, tonight is the start of what is going to be a long election process for the Republican party. Trump may end up having a chance to represent the party when everything is said and done, but he has a ton of work to do in order to get to that point.
Expect to see him come out firing at his opponents this evening, and to do everything in his power to own the debate.
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