National Journal announced Monday that it will cosponsor a Republican presidential primary debate with NBC News, the St. Petersburg Times, and the nonprofit Florida Council of 100 early next year in the Sunshine State.
The televised debate, which will be held at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, is expected to be the first major debate following the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries. The quadrennial Republican National Convention will be held at the Times Forum later that year.
Florida has been a major player in past presidential elections, and it's gaining two electoral votes for a total of 29 -- tied for third-most in the nation -- in 2012.
Who will participate in the debate has not been determined. No Republican has officially entered the race, though many -- including Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney -- have toyed with the idea of a presidential run.
An official date for the debate has yet to be set.
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