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Republicans eyeing more debates for Florida before early primary

The early Jan. 31 presidential primary, expected to be finalized tomorrow, could mean another Republican debate in the state.

NBC and the St. Petersburg Times are in discussions to hold a debate in the Tampa Bay area and CNN is looking at a debate in Jacksonville. The GOP candidates have already debated in Tampa and Orlando, both earlier this month.

The CNN debate was described as "nearly finalized." It would be held between Jan. 25-29. Republican Party of Florida spokesman Brian Hughes said the talks accelerated after . "CNN obviously recognizes the importance of Florida," Hughes said.


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