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All eyes on Florida during presidential primary campaign

Florida will host back-to-back televised debates of the Democratic and Republican presidential contenders before the Jan. 29 primary.

A partnership between Leadership Florida, the Florida Press Association and the Florida Public Broadcasting Service, which produced four debates last year in Florida's races for governor and U.S. Senate, will announce the dates and locations for the presidential forums tomorrow.

The Republican Party of Florida is also hosting a debate between the GOP candidates in Orlando on Oct. 21 to be broadcast on FOX News.

With a new law moving the state's primary from the second Tuesday in March to the last Tuesday in January, the state is expected to play its biggest role ever in the nominating process.