POSTED: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 8:26am
UPDATED: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 1:06pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — There's a Republican Presidential debate tonight.
The first in almost a month and just days ahead of two important primaries.
Mitt Romney is fighting to win his home state while Rick Santorum is trying to turn his Michigan success into votes in Arizona.
Rick Santorum is the one to watch tonight.
He's soared ahead nationally and in Michigan, but still trails Mitt Romney in Arizona, where tonight's debate is being held.
'I always have and I will win the states that matter to win this election,' said, Rick Santorum, Presidential Candidate.
Santorum's now under attack in a new ad from Ron Paul.
Focusing on social issues worked for Santorum.
Now Mitt Romney's looking right, meeting with the tea party tomorrow in Michigan, and hammering President Obama.
'Unfortunately, perhaps because of the people the President hangs around with, and their agenda, their secular agenda, they have fought against religion.' Said Mitt Romney, Presidential Candidate.
At tonight's debate, Santorum will get more scrutiny because he's the new front runner, but so will Mitt Romney.
'He's under the microscope, he's under pressure he needs to do well, he needs to re-establish a sense that he is the front runner in the race,' said Stu Rothenberg, Political Analyst for The Rothenberg Political Report.
Newt Gingrich is far behind in the polls is trying to connect with voters by focusing on a hot button issue such as gas prices.
Romney and Santorum will campaign in Arizona today before tonight's debate there.