By Mark Rhoads -
It seems likely that former Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. John Kasich, and Dr. Ben Carson will compete for last place in the South Carolina primary results tonight. We know that Donald Trump has support from about one-third of GOP voters and we also know that he has a ceiling of about one-third.
The delegate count and not opinion polls will decide who the convention nominates. The GOP primary voters in the remaining states deserve a smaller debate field to help clarify differences among the top three candidates. So the time has come for Carson, Kasich, and Bush to honorably retire their campaigns.
Both Senators Cruz and Rubio have similar but not identical main-stream conservative voting records and they agree on more issues than divide them.
Senator Cruz is very articulate on his devotion to the Constitution and the rule of law. But unfortunately Cruz has not been well-served by his reckless campaign staff. He should fire them because his supporters deserve a more ethical campaign that fits the core principles of their candidate.
Senator Rubio is articulate on his pro-life position and foreign policy and his personal vision but he needs to clarify his long-term ideas on immigration. Mr. Trump is a liberal Democrat pretending to be a conservative. The voters on Super Tuesday will sort it all out.