The first GOP primary debate of the 2016 presidential election will be held in August, the Republican National Committee announced Friday.
The RNC has sanctioned nine debates from August 2015 through March 1, 2016, according to a press release. There will be no more than one debate per state.
Three more debates, two of which could take place in March 2016, are pending.
“The 2016 cycle is underway, and I can tell you it will be a landmark election for Republicans,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said. “By constructing and instituting a sound debate process, it will allow candidates to bring their ideas and vision to Americans in a timely and efficient way. This schedule ensures we will have a robust discussion among our candidates while also allowing the candidates to focus their time engaging with Republican voters."
The nine debates and their locations are listed below, from the RNC's release:
1. Fox News
4. Fox Business
6. Fox News
7. ABC News
8. CBS News