Repub­li­can debate: Ron DeSan­tis looks to ride New­som debate wave to take down Nik­ki Haley

Republican debate: Ron DeSantis looks to ride Newsom debate wave to take down Nikki Haley

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates have anoth­er shot before the Iowa cau­cus­es to con­vince GOP vot­ers they are best suit­ed for the nom­i­na­tion dur­ing Wednes­day’s fourth pri­ma­ry debate in Tuscaloosa, Alaba­ma.
For Gov. Ron DeSan­tis (R‑FL) and for­mer Unit­ed Nations Ambas­sador Nik­ki Haley, the top two can­di­dates behind for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, the chance to face off in front of a nation­al stage could spark fire­works.
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Both DeSan­tis and Haley are bat­tling to become the chief alter­na­tive rival to Trump, the front-run­ner in the race. But for DeSan­tis, the stakes are even high­er amid inter­nal prob­lems with his affil­i­at­ed super PAC Nev­er Back Down, shrink­ing poll num­bers, and an insur­gent Haley cam­paign that is now rival­ing him for sec­ond place in state polls.
The Flori­da gov­er­nor has bet his cam­paign via­bil­i­ty on win­ning the Iowa cau­cus­es on Jan. 15. In a spec­ta­cle that jolt­ed his cam­paign, the Flori­da gov­er­nor even bat­tled against Gov. Gavin New­som (D‑CA) in a Fox News debate last week. The jostling with New­som showed a more aggres­sive side of DeSan­tis that could be repeat­ed Wednes­day night against Haley.

Gov. Ron DeSan­tis (R‑FL) and for­mer South Car­oli­na Gov. Nik­ki Haley.
(AP Pho­to)

“Ron DeSan­tis dom­i­nat­ed Gavin New­som last week by vig­or­ous­ly artic­u­lat­ing why his con­ser­v­a­tive record and vi …