GOP Presidential Candidates Gear Up for Detroit Debate

Michigan polls show Trump leading Rubio, Cruz by double digits prior to tonight’s debate in Detroit.

The Republican presidential candidates debate in Detroit tonight.

Recent polls show Donald Trump holding a double-digit lead over rivals Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in Michigan…

Michigan is seen as the start of a possible last stand for Ohio Governor John Kasich, who hopes to do well both here and in his neighboring home state a week later.

Detroit was also viewed as a possible venue to revive the fortunes of native son Ben Carson until he took himself out of contention yesterday.

The forum could become something of a referendum on Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

The Republican was widely praised for reaching across partisan lines to shepherd traditionally-Democratic Detroit through bankruptcy.

But he’s also been harshly criticized for failing to prevent lead from tainting the water supply in nearby Flint. 

The Democratic presidential contenders debate in Flint on Sunday.


  • Quinn Klinefelter
    Quinn Klinefelter is a Senior News Editor at 101.9 WDET. In 1996, he was literally on top of the news when he interviewed then-Senator Bob Dole about his presidential campaign and stepped on his feet.