Trump extends lead, Republicans rivals attack as debate nears

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the crowd at a town hall meeting December 12, 2015 in Aiken, South CarolinaDonald Trump rides into the last Republican presidential debate of 2015 on Tuesday with his strongest support yet, shaking off intense criticism about his anti-Muslim comments, even as rivals accused him of playing into jihadist hands. Two polls unveiled Monday and Tuesday show Trump at new heights, with maverick US Senator Ted Cruz surging into second place and looking to rattle the frontrunner on the national stage in Las Vegas. With just seven weeks before voters in the heartland state of Iowa cast the first ballots in the nominations process, Trump, Cruz and seven other candidates will go toe to toe on CNN beginning at 0130 GMT Wednesday.

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