This is it.
The Republican presidential candidates will have one last chance on the national stage Thursday night to make their case to voters before the frantic season of caucuses and primaries gets underway. At the Fox News debate in Sioux City, Iowa, everybody but front-runner Newt Gingrich is looking to shake up the race in a big way.
“This is a clean-up debate,” said Steffen Schmidt, political science professor at Iowa State University. “It’s sort of the county fair right before the state fair … where they want to see whether that pony is lame or not.”
And minds are not quite made up. “They really are waiting for somebody to close the deal. And nobody has,” Schmidt said.