Demonstrators protesting the anti-immigrant rhetoric of some candidates gather near the site where five Republican presidential hopefuls will debate at the University of Houston in Texas. Subtitled Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Protesters defying the anti-immigrant tone of some Republican presidential candidates have gathered near the building at the University of Houston where the Republican hopefuls are scheduled to face off in a key debate on Thursday. Donald Trump takes center stage as the favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination, with time running out on his remaining rivals to change a race rapidly tilting away from them. On stage with him will be U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Ohio Governor John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Trump, 69, has won three of the first four contests in the nomination fight for the Nov. 8 election to succeed Democratic President Barack Obama. After easily defeating his rivals in Nevada on Tuesday, the New York billionaire businessman is in position for more victories on March 1, when Republican party contests will be held in 11 states on what is dubbed "Super Tuesday." Near the venue where the candidates will debate, protesters held signs saying, "Deport me, No way, Here to stay," in a reference to the anti-immigrant rhetoric used by some candidates.