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RPOF to join with CNN to host a primary debate

More proof that Florida will be the primary place to be: CNN and the Republican Party of Florida announced today they will co-host a debate for Republican candidates in Jacksonville prior to the Jan. 31 primary.

“With the Florida Republican primary now scheduled for Jan. 31, that state’s central role in helping Republicans choose a nominee is now secure,” said Sam Feist, CNN Washington bureau chief and senior vice president in a statement. “CNN is proud to present voters in Florida an opportunity to hear from the candidates one final time before they head to the polls."

Said Gov. Rick Scott: “After national debates in Tampa and Orlando, this latest partnership with CNN for a debate in Jacksonville in January demonstrates the crucial role Florida will play, not only in the Republican Presidential Primary, but in the general election next November.”

NBC is also interested in capitalizing in Florida's mega media state credentials. It is in conversations with the St. Petersburg Times about hosting a primary debate in Florida as well.