Donald Trump Centerstage With Ted Cruz Next To Him For 5th GOP Debate

  • by: Alan Duke

Donald Trump's podium will be centerstage again with a surging Ted Cruz standing to the billionaire's left for the 5th and last Republican presidential debate of 2015, CNN announced Sunday.

Improved poll numbers for Chris Christie and Rand Paul earned them the last two positions on stage for the 9-candidate prime time debate set for Las Vegas at 8:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, December 15. Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina and John Kasich will also be in the main debate.

Mike Huckabee was bumped to the dark horse debate with Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham and George Pataki, which will air at 6 p.m ET.

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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