The Republican National Committee has set a date for the fourth debate of the 2024 primaries to be in Alabama, according to The New York Times.

According to the outlet, the next debate, the party told campaigns, will be in Tuscaloosa on Dec. 6. To qualify, candidates will be required to have a minimum of 80,000 unique donors and to have reached 6 percent in two national polls, or in one national poll and in one poll in one of the four early states.

Kyle South, a former Republican state representative from Fayette who resigned his seat over the summer to accept a role as the president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama in Tuscaloosa, told 1819 News on Friday, “Obviously, it’s good that we’re getting national attention throughout the campaign process.”

“It just goes to show that moving the primary up to be more relevant a few years ago was the right decision. Campaigns are spending money in Alabama to be relevant. Look forward to engaging the local community in that process. The commerce that comes with that obviously is important to me. It’s nice for the state to get that attention but obviously, more selfishly, it’s nice to have Tuscaloosa highlighted in that process,” South said.  

The third Republican presidential debate is set for Wednesday night in Miami. 

According to the latest Real Clear Politics polling average, former President Donald Trump is still the clear front runner with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis a distant second. Trump hasn’t attended the two previous debates and has said he’ll also skip the Miami debate.

The 2024 primaries in Alabama are scheduled for March 5th.

“I am extremely excited that the national Republican Party is working on a debate for the state of Alabama. This has been in the works for months, and I am thrilled we are getting close. Seeing Alabama host its first ever official presidential debate is something that has been very important to me as ALGOP Chairman, and I am incredibly thankful for Debate Committee Chairman David Bossie and RNC Chairman Ronna McDaniel for their efforts to make this happen. There is still some work to be done, but I hope this historic event can be finalized soon,” ALGOP Chairman John Wahl said in a statement.

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