By: Robert C. O'Brien
The first two GOP debates have catapulted new candidates into the top tier of the field. In Cleveland, it was Dr. Ben Carson. In Simi Valley, it was Carly Fiorina—who was also following up a “mini-breakout” in Cleveland’s undercard debate. Neither candidate “won” the debates so much as they exceeded expectations and subsequently drew real interest from pundits, voters and fundraisers. Tonight, for the first time, it appears that not one, but two, candidates are poised for breakout performances.