RNC cuts ties with NBC after last debate, GOP hopefuls head to Iowa

WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) – On this Halloween weekend, GOP and Democratic presidential hopefuls aren’t spending anytime trick or treating – instead they’re hitting the campaign trail and hoping to scare off their opponents.

On Friday, the Republican National Committee announced they will cut their partnership with NBC News in the wake of a debate hosted by CNBC on Wednesday in Boulder, Colorado.

“The CNBC network is one of your media properties, and its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in a letter released on Friday.

CNBC claimed the highest ratings in the network’s history with the third presidential debate but was widely criticized by the candidates for the questions asked and the tone of the moderators.

NBC News was scheduled to host a GOP debate at the University of Houston on Feb. 26, 2016. The RNC is expected to allow the debate to continue with the media outlet “National Journal.” FOX Business Network is scheduled to host the next Republican debate on Nov. 6 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

GOP Hopefuls Head to Iowa

This weekend candidates including Gov. Chris Christie, Rick Santorum and Sen. Rand Paul will campaign in Iowa.

Ten candidates are expected to make an appearance at the “Growth and Opportunity Party,” a fall festival event produced by the Republican Party of Iowa.

The front-runner in Iowa, Dr. Ben Carson, was invited to the event but has not confirmed if he’ll attend.

Clinton Heads to the South

Fresh off an appearance on “Late Night with Stephen Colbert” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is spending part of her Halloween weekend with a campaign swing through the South.

A recent poll from Clemson University shows Mrs. Clinton with a sizeable lead among the two other Democratic hopefuls Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

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