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Will Boulder GOP debate lead to more candidates dropping out?

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OKLAHOMA CITY – After a number of weeks of little attention-grabbing headlines, tonight’s CNBC debate in Boulder, Colorado, is likely to return attention to the GOP presidential candidates, some two weeks after Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton battled it out at a CNN debate.

Naturally, all eyes will be on Donald Trump, whose earlier invincibility appears in question now that retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, another political outsider, has garnered increased attention.

With both Trump and Carson both having passed through the Sooner State in the past month or so, these two personalities couldn’t be anymore different. Trump, of course, is bombastic and often offensive. Carson, on the other hand, is so even-tempered and quiet that when the candidate was in Edmond recently, a question thrown to him by a Red Dirt Report reporter was answered in such a quiet manner, the reporter could not even hear what he said.

That said, Carson is rapidly gaining on Trump in the polls as the empty rhetoric and made-for-TV entertainment value begins to wear thin.

Another candidate who is garnering attention is Carly Fiorina. The only woman in the race, Fiorina was said to have done well at a recent debate, but she still has not quite taken off in the polls.

What of Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor who has a family legacy to uphold? Bush has become a bit on a non-entity, and it shows as he seems to become more desperate, looking for ways to grab attention away from Trump and Carson.

That’s why they need to get into the details of what they will do to help the American economy if elected.

As for the rest of the pack, the only other ones who may get attention are U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Both are young and eager and have their particular constituencies.

The likes of Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum should face the fact that their campaigns will go no further. Quit embracing your delusions.

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