ABC News announced Thursday that it will host the sixth Republican debate on Jan. 18 in Manchester, New Hampshire, several days before CNN's event will be held at the same location.
“ABC News is excited to join our partners in hosting the first Republican debate in the nation's key state of New Hampshire,” said ABC News President Kim Godwin. stated in a statement. “Our strong political team has worked diligently on this debate to provide viewers with an opportunity to hear from the candidates at this critical moment in the primary election.”
The ABC debate will be held at Saint Anselm College and will take place immediately after the Iowa caucuses, the first voting of the primary season, conclude on January 15th.
Specific details regarding the host, format and candidate qualifications will be announced in due course, ABC said.
CNN announced two debates Wednesday, with the Iowa event scheduled for Jan. 10 at Drake University and the New Hampshire debate on Jan. 21, also at St. Anselm College.
The fourth Republican debate, broadcast Wednesday night on NewsNation from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was a hotly contested affair with four of the top five candidates in the race tied.
Former President Trump, the clear Republican front-runner, has refused to attend the debate and is not expected to attend any future events.
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