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Top Stories: The Last GOP Debate Before Super Tuesday; Oscar Predictions

Eric Kayne
Texas Tribune

Top stories this morning from KERA News: Republican presidential candidates will debate tonight in Houston. It’s the last chance for voters to hear from the remaining candidates before Super Tuesday.

The stakes are especially high for Texas Senator Ted Cruz. He finished a distant third in this week’s Nevada caucus, and he’s lost two other contests to billionaire businessman Donald Trump.

Cruz led Trump by 8 points in a poll from the Texas Tribune and University of Texas. And he’s 14-points ahead of the businessman in a separate poll by the Houston Public Media/University of Houston Hobby Center for Public Policy.

However, the two rivals tied in a new poll by WFAA and Texas TEGNA. Trump led among North Texans in that poll.

Other Republican candidates will encroach on Cruz’s home turf before Tuesday.

Trump will hold a rally tomorrow at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Florida Senator Marco Rubio will appear at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas. And on Saturday, Ben Carson will appear at a Tea Party Town Hall at the Westin DFW Airport Hotel in Irving.

Early voting for the Texas primary ends tomorrow.

Other stories this morning:

  • Former Dallas city councilmember and Dallas County Commissioner candidate Dwaine Caraway missed two consecutive deadlines for filing campaign finance reports. Caraway says he’ll file the reports today. He could face a fine or a misdemeanor charge for missing the filing deadlines.
  • Our Big Screen team wraps up their Oscar preview series with their predictions of the winners.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.