Article originally appeared on www.washingtonexaminer.com.
MILWAUKEE — Eight Republicans took the stage Wednesday night, hoping for a breakout moment in their run for the White House.
Time will tell who gets a boost from their performance and who will surge in the polls, but several themes emerged throughout the night. Here are the top three.
Vivek, not DeSantis, has the target
Pundits expected Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) to get most of the attention and attacks onstage due to his long-standing status as the second-placed candidate behind Donald Trump.
Instead, it was Vivek Ramaswamy who had the target on his back.
The 38-year-old entrepreneur came in polling at just 7% but was attacked like a front-runner, sparring in several one-on-one exchanges with candidates including former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Vice President Mike Pence, and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
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