(PartiallyPolitics.com) – The Republican primary debates are being watched by fewer people, which has led to many questioning whether or not the Republican debates are relevant as former President Donald Trump, who is leading the presidential race is refusing to attend them and has instead been hosting his events at the event time.
Last week’s debate was viewed by less than 7 million people. Still, it was beneficial for both Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former United States ambassador Nikki Haley who received stellar reviews for their performance. However, with the time before the Iowa caucus ran out and the viewership of the debate, many have questioned whether or not the debate was going to lead any of the candidates to the Republican presidential nomination.
Ron Bonjean, a Republican strategist stated that watching the Republican primary debate felt like “The Twilight Zone’ considering how none of the candidates on stage were going to become the Republican nominee. He also pointed out that Trump was 30 points ahead.
There has been increased pressure on Republican candidates to gain more momentum in the presidential race. Many of the candidates have also attempted to assert themselves as the alternative to former President Donald Trump.
Still, the debates have had historical significance in the primary process and have often provided the opportunity for new candidates to emerge.
In the past few months, there has also been a drop in the number of candidates in the race, as former Vice President Pence dropped out of the race.
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