No previous primary debates centered on such unpopular candidates
No previous primary debates have ever centered on unpopular candidates. However, some previous primary debates have featured unpopular candidates as one of the participants. For instance, in the 2016 Republican Primary Debate, Donald Trump was a contentious figure that was disliked by both the audience and many of the other candidates. Additionally, in the same debate, Ted Cruz was also widely disliked, with his constant interjections and uncomfortability rubbing many people the wrong way. These debates showed how no matter how unpopular a candidate is, they can be included in a debate setting and make a lasting impression.