GOP candidates ride debate momentum to RedState activists

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(AP) Republican presidential candidates are getting a second chance to make a good first impression with conservative activists after their inaugural televised debates had unheard of millions tuning in to see how they would play off each other.

Unlike the Fox News debates that divided the 17-candidate field into two groups on crowded stages, the RedState Gathering in Atlanta offers several of those seeking the Republican nomination a half-hour all to themselves.

On Saturday, the lineup includes former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

RedState’s Erick Erickson says he’s withdrawing his invitation to businessman Donald Trump because of a comment Trump made about Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly.

In response, Trump’s campaign calls Erickson “weak and pathetic.”

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