Tonight’s the night Republican voters and candidates have long been preparing for.
As audiences tune in for the first Republican Presidential Debate hosted by FOX News, they’ll be weighing their thoughts on the candidates who are present, as well as one candidate who is not.

What does it take to win a debate? And what are the qualities that voters are paying the most attention to?

FOX News Radio Political Analyst Josh Kraushaar weighs the pros and cons of President Trump’s decision to not attend this evening’s Republican primary debate and discusses how other candidates can use his absence to challenge him. Josh explains how a candidate’s performance on the debate stage doesn’t necessarily reflect their ability to win the nomination.

Uphill Battle: Winning the state of Wisconsin is crucial for winning the Electoral College. Josh emphasizes the importance of balancing conservative and moderate voters on divisive issues within this key state.

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