The Iowa Republican Party announced today that they would be sponsoring a third debate in the run-up to the February 6 Iowa caucuses. This debate, the last to be sponsored by the Iowa GOP, will take place either December 10 or 11 in an Iowan city to be determined, and will be in conjunction with ABC News.
The other two debates sponsored by the Iowa GOP are both in partnership with FOX News – one right before the Ames straw poll and the other one week prior to the caucuses.
That gives us the following primary season calendar:
|May 2, 2011||Reagan Library / NBC News / Politico Debate||Simi Valley, CA|
|May 5, 2011||FOX News / South Carolina GOP Debate||Greenville, SC|
|June 7, 2011||CNN / NH Union Leader / WMUR-TV Debate||Manchester, NH|
|August 11, 2011||FOX News / Iowa GOP Straw Poll Debate||Ames, IA|
|August 13, 2001||Ames Straw Poll||Ames, IA|
|Week of September 5 (TBD), 2011||CNN / Tea Party Express Debate||Tampa, FL|
|October, 2011 (Date TBD)||FOX News / Florida GOP Debate||TBD|
|Oct/Nov (TBD)||Nevada GOP Straw Poll||Las Vegas, NV|
|November 5, 2011||Illinois GOP Straw Poll||Statewide|
|December 10-11 (TBD), 2012||ABC News / Iowa GOP Debate||TBD|
|January 30, 2012||FOX News / Iowa GOP Debate||Sioux City, IA|
|February 6, 2012||Iowa Caucus||—|
|Between February 7-13 (TBD)||ABC News / WMUR-TV Debate||Manchester, NH|
|February 14, 2012||New Hampshire Primary||—|
|February 18, 2012||Nevada Caucus||—|
|Between February 19-27 (TBD)||FOX News / South Carolina GOP Debate||TBD|
|February 28, 2012||South Carolina Primary||—|
|March 5, 2012||Reagan Library Debate||Simi Valley, CA|
|March 6, 2012||Super Tuesday||—|
|April 1, 2012||First eligible date for winner-take-all contests||—|
Did I miss an event? Let me know in the comments.