Winners And Losers Of The Last GOP Debate Of 201506:11
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Republican presidential candidates Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Carly Fiorina, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Carson, Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) participate during the CNN Republican presidential debate on Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the last GOP debate of the year, with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) gaining in the polls in Iowa and other early voting states and Donald Trump rising in national polls.  (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidates Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Carly Fiorina, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Carson, Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) participate during the CNN Republican presidential debate on Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the last GOP debate of the year, with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) gaining in the polls in Iowa and other early voting states and Donald Trump rising in national polls. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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On the morning shows today, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush praised their performances in last night's fifth and final Republican presidential debate of 2015.

The headline in today's Des Moines Register is "Trump falls short in GOP debate; Rubio shines." How did the candidates do last night, just seven weeks before voting begins?

NPR's senior Washington correspondent Ron Elving rehashes last night's debate with Here & Now's Eric Westervelt.

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This segment aired on December 16, 2015.

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