How Many Republican Debates Are Scheduled?

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Republican debates are scheduled through March. (Getty)

The fourth Republican debate is scheduled for November 10. But just how many primary debates will there be and when will they take place? Eight debates are officially remaining, but it’s not known who will broadcast the February 26 debate. After a highly criticized debated broadcast by CNBC on October 28, the Republican National Committee is no longer letting NBC broadcast the Feb. 26 debate as originally planned.

Here’s what you need to know.


Eight Debates Are Left in the Official Schedule

The debates are scheduled through the middle of March, with seven more scheduled to take place after the fourth November debate. These are all officially sanctioned debates left after tonight, according to Election Central. Some candidates may appear in unofficial forums to debate one another at other times during the year.

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 — Fox Business and the Wall Street Journal will co-host a debate in the Milwaukee Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The debate will air on the Fox Business Network.
  • Tuesday, December 15, 2015 — CNN and Salem Republic will co-host a debate in Las Vegas, Nevada. The debate will air on CNN.
  • January 2016 — Fox News will host another Republican debate, this time in Iowa. The debate will air on Fox News.
  • Saturday, February 6, 2016 — ABC and IJReview will co-host a Republican debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. The debate will air on ABC.
  • Saturday, February 13, 2016 — Another Republican debate will quickly follow, hosted by CBS News, at The Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina. John Dickerson will moderate.
  • Friday, February 26, 2016 — This debate may not occur. It was originally scheduled to take place at the University of Houston and to be hosted by NBC/Telemundo. However, after the Oct. 28 debate by CNBC that was so strongly criticized, the Republican National Convention has pulled out of this debate. It’s now looking for a new broadcaster to replace NBC and work with Telemundo.
  • March 2016 — Fox News will host another Republican debate. The location has not yet been announced.
  • Thursday, March 10, 2016 — The final Republican debate will be hosted by CNN and Salem Media Group in Florida.

How to Buy Tickets

To buy tickets to attend any of the upcoming debates in person, you’ll need to contact the state organization that’s sponsoring the debate. Not every debate will sell public tickets. The third debate at the University of Boulder Colorado gave away tickets through a raffle, with the majority of tickets going to faculty and students in areas related to the election process.


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