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4 questions about tonight's Republican debate

The 10th Republican presidential debate and the final one before the Super Tuesday primaries happens Thursday evening in Houston as CNN and Telemundo host the only Republican National Committee sanctioned debate aired by a Spanish-language network.

You can follow our coverage live on Thursday night on NewsOK.com or pick up a copy of Friday's paper to see a complete recap. 

Here are four things we are curious about heading into the debate: 

Will Trump go after Rubio?

Even after nine debates, businessman Donald Trump has yet to attack Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Now, Rubio’s numbers are on the upswing and the GOP establishment is coalescing behind the Florida senator. With Trump’s favorite punching bag, Jeb Bush, out of the race, will Trump direct his fire toward Rubio.
Trump said in Nevada on Tuesday night that he hasn’t gone after Rubio because Rubio has yet to “hit” him. If he does, however, Trump seemed to issue a warning. "You will see what happens."

Cruz control interrupted.

Tuesday night’s results from the Nevada Caucus were not great for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
It was his third third-place finish in a row and even more concerning for the Cruz campaign, he carried only 27 percent of the white born-again and evangelical Christian vote, a key constituency in his election strategy. Trump carried 41 percent. Cruz also continues to struggle among “somewhat conservative” and moderate voters, earning just 16 percent and 7 percent among those groups in Nevada, according to an entrance poll.
What can Cruz do to earn back what was once thought as his ticket to the nomination?

Oklahoma mentions?

Both Trump and Rubio will make an appearance in Oklahoma on Friday, the day after the debate. Will either of them use the national platform the night before to mention their trip to the Sooner State?

You guys are still here? 

The battle for the nomination seems to be coming down to Trump, Rubio and Cruz, but Ohio Gov. John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson are still in the running.
Will the two candidates be included in much of the discussion on Thursday  and can they use the debate to try and rally support just days before Super Tuesday?

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Adam Kemp

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