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Iowa Voters Mull Trump's Debate Stance As Caucuses Near

Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) participate in the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center on January 14, 2016 in North Charleston, South Carolina. The sixth Republican debate was held in two parts, one main debate for the top seven candidates, and another for three other candidates lower in the current polls.  (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) participate in the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center on January 14, 2016 in North Charleston, South Carolina. The sixth Republican debate was held in two parts, one main debate for the top seven candidates, and another for three other candidates lower in the current polls. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Tonight’s FOX News debate is the last chance for Republican candidates to shine before the Iowa caucuses on Monday.

Frontrunner Donald Trump, presently off the debate lineup after falling out with the host network, will be running an event to benefit veterans organizations during air-time. Other candidates, like conservative favorite Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, hope to woo voters with non-stop campaigns as well.

Reporting from West Des Moines, Iowa, NPR political reporter Sarah McCammon tells Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd how candidates’ efforts and Trump’s absence may affect caucusing.

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