Who Won Last Night?
Author: Greg Valliere
September 28, 2023
Here, very briefly, is our take on the winners and losers:
1. Nikki Haley: She’s a professional debater, never afraid to mix it up, and she won once again.
2. Ron DeSantis: He finally took off the gloves against Trump, a little too late. Another second place finish, which may be his legacy in 2024.
3. Tim Scott: After his soft first debate, Scott performed well last night. But his chances are slim.
4. Chris Christie: Always entertaining, popular with Democrats, he has no chance of winning the nomination.
5. Vivek Ramaswamy: He apparently switched to de-caf after his sizzling first debate.
6. Mike Pence: A tepid performance that will lead to speculation that he’ll drop out by Christmas.
7. Doug Burgum: He needed a knockout punch but it never came.
BOTTOM LINE: Trump is still the odds-on favorite to win the GOP nomination; it’s unlikely that there will be a late entrant — the train is leaving the station for Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin. Could Trump also win the general election? We don’t rule it out — Democrats in this town are worried.
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