The Miami GOP Republican Debate 2016 live stream online and TV coverage tonight will take place from the University of Miami in Miami, Florida as once again the top four Republican contenders will slug it out with hopes to be the GOP nominee this fall. On the heels of “Super Tuesday II” (Michigan and Mississippi primary voters) it is starting to look more and more like Donald Trump could be the GOP nominee this fall, that is unless something changes – and changes quickly. The 2016 GOP Debate live streaming and televised coverage comes via CNN on Thursday night.
According to a USA Today report, the pressure is on Marco Rubio the most tonight as the Florida native is in dire need of a victory in his home state. Over the next week a lot is going to change in the race for every candidate, especially for Marco Rubio and John Kasich. Rubio (Florida) and Kasich (Ohio) desperately need to win their home states next Tuesday or it may be time for each of them to quit the campaign. When it comes to winning the GOP nominee, history shows you need to win Ohio and Florida. These two states are “winner take all” states in terms of GOP delegates and they can literally make or break a candidates’ run.
According to a Washington Post report, Donald Trump currently leads the GOP field with 392 delegates followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 305. Marco Rubio is in third place with 153 followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 35. A candidate needs 1,237 to formally clinch the Republican nomination and that is why Ohio and Florida are key for all of the remaining candidates. If Rubio or Kasich could sweep both states they would be instantly right back in the race. However, if Trump sweeps Ohio and Florida it could be game over for the GOP field. Ohio has 66 delegates up for grabs, while Florida has 99. Trump, who already leads by nearly 100 delegates now, could take a commanding lead if he does well next Tuesday when the primary voting takes place for both states.
In actuality, Trump could still be the far and away leader if he even wins one of the two states. While Ohio and Florida are very important for the candidates, the coastal states’ votes are coming, including New York on April 9 and California on June 7. These two are the last of the big delegate states that could save a candidates shot at winning the GOP nomination.
Tonight’s GOP Republican debate can be seen nationally on CNN and streaming live online through CNN.com starting at 8:30 p.m. ET.