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Two GOP Debates Planned Before Florida Primary

Floridians may get two more chances to see the Republican candidates in debate settings in the week before the Jan. 31 primary.

Shortly after Florida's primary selection committee voted 7-2 on Friday to hold the state's primary the last day in January, the Republican Party of Florida and CNN announced they will co-host a debate in the Sunshine State. No date was mentioned other than "late January."

A release from CNN states that will allow the GOP candidates for president to make a last pitch to Florida voters before the state's primary.

The release does say the debate will be held in Jacksonville.

"The Republican Party of Florida is excited to be working with CNN for a debate linked to the state's primary date," RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry stated in the release. "The opportunity to host it in my home city, Jacksonville, helps shine the national spotlight on another region of Florida that our eventual nominee must win."

Later Friday, the St. Petersburg Times, NBC News, the National Journal and the Florida Council of 100 announced they will co-host a GOP candidate event on Jan. 30.

This historic event will be broadcast in Tampa by WFLA and statewide on other NBC stations, as well as air nationally on MSNBC and stream on, the release stated.

The debate had been previously announced. In April, a release stated the debate would be held in early 2012 at the St. Pete Forum, where the 2012 Republican National Convention will later be held.

Florida has already hosted two debates among the GOP candidates: Sept. 12 in Tampa and Sept. 22 in Orlando.

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