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GOP debate in Orlando draws 2.3 mil

About 2.37 million people watched the Oct. 21 presidential primary debate in Orlando that was co-sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida, according to Nielsen ratings released today.

The FOX News broadcast was the second most watched Republican debate this year, after its Sept. 5 debate in New Hampshire that drew an average audience of 3.1 million.

The next time Florida will play debate host will be Nov. 28, when the Republican contenders come to St. Petersburg. Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney had balked at a previous proposal from CNN and YouTube, but all of the candidates are on board with the new date.

The Democratic contenders face off in Philadelphia at 9 p.m. tonight on NBC.