MIAMI - If Donald Trump wins Marco Rubio's home state and John Kasich's home state on Tuesday, he'll take a massive leap towards securing the Republican nomination and likely end both of their campaigns.
You wouldn't know it from watching Thursday night's debate, however, where the field seemed content to go gentle into that good night. The debate featured polite disagreements but few outright attacks and a number of substantive exchanges over issues like trade and foreign policy.
If recent polls showing Trump leading Florida and either leading or competitive in Ohio are correct, a quiet debate seems most likely to benefit Trump.
Here are five takeaways from the last GOP debate before the March 15 winner-take-all contests.
Calm Before the Storm
After a wild pair of debates characterized by continuous battles between Trump and his rivals, the field seemed to decide that the time had come to tone things down.
"I cannot believe how civil it's been up here," Trump said during one exchange.