Repub­li­can debate: Ron DeSan­tis fights on home turf to hold off Nik­ki Haley threat

Republican debate: Ron DeSantis fights on home turf to hold off Nikki Haley threat

MIAMI — Gov. Ron DeSan­tis (R‑FL) is run­ning out of oppor­tu­ni­ties to change the tra­jec­to­ry of his cam­paign two months before Iowa’s open­ing cau­cus­es.
DeSan­tis is hop­ing the third Repub­li­can pri­ma­ry debate this Wednes­day in his home state will be one of those oppor­tu­ni­ties, but he has to con­tend with for­mer U.N. Ambas­sador Nik­ki Haley, who out­per­formed him dur­ing their first two meet­ings, as for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump con­tin­ues to skip them.
The debate, this time in Mia­mi, is “cru­cial” for DeSan­tis, “a can­di­date that some thought was the inevitable nom­i­nee” after his resound­ing guber­na­to­r­i­al reelec­tion, accord­ing to Ed Lee, direc­tor of Emory Uni­ver­si­ty’s Alben W. Barkley Forum for Debate, Delib­er­a­tion, and Dia­logue.
“This is a piv­otal moment for the DeSan­tis cam­paign because a few high-qual­i­ty moments by Nik­ki Haley will go a long way to help­ing vot­ers see her as a viable alter­na­tive to Trump,” Lee told the Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er. “A zero-sum rela­tion­ship is form­ing between him and Haley. He los­es if she gains more name recog­ni­tion and atten­tion. He must pre­vent her from hav­ing a good night.”
Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan debate direc­tor Aaron Kall cit­ed DeSan­tis and Haley argu­ing over oil drilling …