In a move likely to ensure that no candidate will skip it, the Georgia Republican party this morning announced that it would partner with the Ohio GOP to host the March 1 debate of presidential candidates prior to Super Tuesday.
CNN will still broadcast the event from a yet-to-be-disclosed location in Atlanta, but an assembly in Ohio will be allowed to pose questions via a livestream feed. The March 6 Super Tuesday vote is heavy with Southern states, including Georgia. But the two-state partnership will give the debate a more national cast.
Moreover, while one candidate of the current four may be willing to slight Georgia and skip the staged confrontation, none are likely to snub Ohio as well.
Ohio and Georgia have the two largest caches of delegates at stake that day. “We’re more or less the two powerbrokers on Super Tuesday,” said state GOP spokesman Chris Kelleher.
A location should be settled on late this week, he said. “Different campaigns have different ideas about how large the audience should be.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider