Some are betting that Trump not going to the last debate before the Iowa Caucus’s is going to hurt his numbers. As of right now Trump is running about 41% favorability nationwide.Other’s including me wonder if this is just another stunt to keep his name in the news and it may very well be.But if you think about it, it worked for Paul, he jumps back to the main stage after skipping the last debate.
The other candidates I’m sure are hoping that it backfires on Trump.The one who is probably hoping for this the most is Ted Cruz, who of now is running a solid second in polls nationwide, and this could very well push him into first if this backlashes on Trump or, at least, Cruz may pick up a few percents points helping him close the gap between himself and Trump.
As far as any of the other candidates making any gains out of this as far as I can see maybe Rubio he may win one maybe two percents points but I feel it’s not going to be that much.The rest of the candidates will have to make one hell of a showing “IF” they are planning to make any gains at all, this is, in my opinion, is the last chance most of the lower polling candidates have to move up.
Once more, in my opinion, anyone coming out of Iowa Caucus polling below 3% should consider dropping out of the race … just saying.
Trump isn’t the first top-tier presidential candidate to skip a debate. Ronald Reagan did not attend a Republican debate ahead of the 1980 Iowa caucuses, which he lost to George H.W. Bush. Reagan went on to the win the nomination and the presidency.