POLL: With no Trump, who won the 7th GOP debate?

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Republican Presidential candidates (L-R) Senator Rand Paul, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich arrive for the Republican Presidential debate sponsored by Fox News at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa on January 28, 2016. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Ted Cruz opened the final Republican presidential debate before the Iowa caucuses Thursday by answering a question from Fox News moderators about “the elephant not in the room” — Donald Trump.

Trump, the GOP presidential front-runner, threw an unexpected curveball into the 2016 campaign this week when he declared that he would boycott the debate amid an escalating feud with Fox News. As seven of his rivals stepped onto the debate stage, Trump supporters were gathered less than three miles away at Drake University, where the billionaire businessman was hosting a rival event billed as benefiting veterans.

Those participating in the main stage debate were Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

FOX 5 wants to know: Who do you think won the debate?