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Hello again, Santa Monica, this is Bob Haddad, a proud registered Republican SantaMonica voter commentating on the Republican presidential debates inthe Santa MonicaDaily Press.

In our last league competition, on Sept. 16at the Ronald ReaganPresidential Library in Simi Valley, there were 16 major candidates competing for the Republican nomination for President in 2016. All but three of them have been United States Senators or State Governors at some point in their careers. The other three, Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson, are overwhelmingly leading the race. This GOP establishment for Republican nomination for President 2016 is turning out to be an extraordinary strategic race.

I have invited Russell Haddad, my son, to assist me in commentating on such a diverse talk-of-the-town competition. Russell is also a proud registered Republican voter and a veteran of competition, from sports to Bespoke clothing and music to voice-over acting. He represents all of us who wantthe best Republican leader to be the next President of the United States.

Russell: This Republican race is starting to not only fill the stands and leave standing room only, but everyone is on their feet cheering on a thrilling Republican race. This is a record-breaking spectator competition. As of Sept. 20, the CNN/ORC Debate poll shows Donald Trump is still controlling the racewith 24% and making the other candidates chase him with all their strength. The crowd is in amazement as Carly Fiorina (15%) is passing Ben Carson (14%) as she bids to try to catch Trump. Even though it is still early, this is an exciting race that I can’t take my eyes off.

Bob:I am also on the edge ofmy seat. As in any race, the objective is to win, and Trump is giving us a great performance. He is definitely the candidate that’s hard to beat. Fiorina is surging, as well as Marco Rubio (11%), who is quickly passing Jeb Bush (9%) and Ted Cruz (6%), as he knows that now is the time to kick it up a few notches. The pace of this race is definitely being set by Trump even though the rest of the pack is trying to narrow the margin. The rest of the competition — Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and John Kasich — know they need to pick up the pace, but as of Sept. 21Scott Walker has dropped out of the race.

As the Republican race continues, stay with Russell and me as we go deeper into the strategies of each candidates on addressing the issues of economy and immigration, as well as the continuing results of the race.

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