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CNN Plans Two More Republican Presidential Race Debates

CNN has unveiled plans to host two more Republican presidential primary debates in Iowa and New Hampshire in January.

The first debate on Jan. 10 in Des Moines, Iowa, will take place just before Iowa caucus-goers vote in the 2024 Republican presidential race. The second new debate will take place on Jan. 21 in Goffstown, New Hampshire, with that state being another early contest for GOP contenders and an opportunity for voters to hear the Republican candidates before they vote in their primary.

Neither of the planned CNN debates will be sanctioned by the Republican National Committee, which organized the four GOP debates so far this year. Candidates aiming to qualify for the Iowa GOP debate must receive at least 10 percent in three separate national or Iowa polls of Republican caucus-goers or primary voters, and be approved by CNN.

Candidates who finish in one of the top three positions in the Iowa caucuses will receive an invitation to take part in the New Hampshire debate.

NewsNation, the upstart cable news channel owned by local TV giant Nexstar, hosted the fourth Republican primary debate on Wednesday evening from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which was led by NewsNation anchor Elizabeth Vargas.

CNN’s latest Republican debates next month will air live on CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español and CNN Max. It’s not known if Donald Trump will take part in the Iowa and New Hampshire debates set by CNN after the former U.S. president chose to skip this year’s debates so far.

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