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Debate 2016: Republican Candidates Bring the Heat in Houston Debate

Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz assaulted Donald Trump on immigration, health care and foreign policy in Thursday's debate in Houston.
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Republican U.S. Presidential candidates (L-R) Senator Marco Rubio, businessman Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz applaud before the start of the debate sponsored by CNN for the 2016 Republican U.S. presidential candidates in Houston, Texas, Feb. 25.MIKE STONE / Reuters

With Donald Trump fresh off large victories in South Carolina and Nevada, Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz took the gloves off Thursday night in the final debate before next week's critical the Super Tuesday contests.

On issues ranging from the release of tax returns to health care and support for Israel, Trump was under attack in a raucous debate while Ohio Gov. John Kasich and neurosurgeon Ben Carson sought to defend their continuation in the race after faltering in recent contests.

See all the all the news an analysis of tonight's debate in the recap of our live blog below.