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Last night at a Westgate Resort & Casino rally in Las Vegas, GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump geared up his supporters for tonight's GOP debate.
"We have a big night tomorrow night," he told them. "It's gonna be good."
Trump and nine other Republican candidates will take to the mainstage this evening for the final GOP showdown of 2015.
Right now, Trump leads by his widest margin yet in the polls. He surged even farther ahead of the rest of the pack with 33% in the latest RealClearPolitics average (up 17% across all recent polls) released Monday evening. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came in at 16.1% (up 7% overall). An even bigger Trump number emerged from the latest Monmouth University poll, also released Monday. There, the real estate mogul is at the top with a whopping 41%, up 28% since mid-October. Next highest was Cruz at 14% (up four points since October).
While this is indeed an impressive gain for the real estate mogul, GOPers also have their eyes on Ted Cruz's recent poll bump. Cruz came in second place with 22%, according to a new national NBC News/Washington Post poll released Monday, up from 10% on Nov. 3. Trump came in first, however, at 30%.
Reacting to news of Cruz's gains, talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh proclaimed on Dec. 7 that if Cruz winds up winning in Iowa, "There are gonna be heart attacks and slit wrists in the Republican establishment and in the media."
Trump's vast lead – and the state of many Republican lives, apparently – teeters on tonight's debate. The real estate mogul will be pressured on his recent controversial proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States.
What Trump Needs to Do to Win Tonight: The Following 5 Things…
1. Trump needs to "show up." "The Donald" has taken arguably the most aggressive stance on terrorism in recent weeks, as evidenced by his Muslim ban proposal. Trump's idea has been widely denounced by Republican and Democratic presidential candidates alike, many of whom lashed out at the candidate…
Former Florida Gov. and GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush called Trump "unhinged." Ohio Gov. and presidential GOP rival John Kasich referred to Trump's idea as "more of the outrageous divisiveness that characterizes his every breath…"