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St. Pete Times and NBC will also host primary debate in Florida

The St. Petersburg Times, NBC News, the National Journal and the Florida Council of 100 announced Friday that their Republican presidential primary debate will be Jan. 30 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.

This debate, first announced in April, will fall on the eve of the Florida primary set for Tuesday, Jan. 31.

The St. Pete Times Forum is the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention in August. It is the first time that presidential primary candidates will debate in the arena where one of them will return to accept the nomination.

The debate will be broadcast nationally on MSNBC and statewide on NBC stations.

Earlier Friday, the Republican Party of Florida and CNN announced a debate for between Jan. 22 and Jan. 31 in Jacksonville.

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