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And now there are 7: Analyzing the main stage GOP presidential debate

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 14:  Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Ohio Governor John Kasich, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Carson and Jeb Bush arrive to participate in the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center on January 14, 2016 in North Charleston, South Carolina. The sixth Republican debate is held in two parts, one main debate for the top seven candidates, and another for three other candidates lower in the current polls.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Ohio Governor John Kasich, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Carson and Jeb Bush arrive to participate in the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate.

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were the ones to watch during last night’s GOP presidential debate.

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were the ones to watch during last night’s GOP presidential debate.

The field of hopefuls have thinned considerably, and the pecking order has evolved since the first debate in August 2015.

Perhaps to the surprise of many, Trump is still the man to beat, but Carly Fiorina’s momentum has subsided significantly, and Ben Carson’s campaign is all but disintegrating right in front of our eyes.

With a little more than two weeks away from the Iowa Caucuses, how did the candidates do in last night’s debate?

Guests:

Dan Schnur, Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC and adjunct faculty at USC Annenberg School

Louis Desipio, a professor of political science and Chicano / Latino studies at UC Irvine

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