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RPOF announces presidential straw poll, debate for Sept. 2011

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March

The Republican Party of Florida just announced a three-day extravaganza in Orlando in September, including a 2012 presidential straw poll and FOX News-partnered debate.

They're calling it "Presidency 5" and say it "will be a critical test of grassroots support for Republican presidential candidates" to be held at the Orange County Convention Center. Get more information at www.presidency5.com.

“I am proud to announce the details of this important event,” said RPOF Chairman Dave Bitner. “Presidency 5 will give the candidates an opportunity to bring their message directly to the people of Florida while allowing voters to participate in a poll that has historically predicted the eventual Republican nominee for president. We are also very excited to partner again with Fox News on another critical debate that will kick off the 2012 election season.”

Read the whole text of the RPOF release here:

Tallahassee, FL – Republican Party of Florida Chairman Dave Bitner announced today that the RPOF will host the Presidency 5 Straw Poll from the 22nd through the 24th of September, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. The Presidency 5 Straw Poll will be a critical test of grassroots support for Republican presidential candidates.
 
Additionally, RPOF is expanding the Presidency 5 Straw Poll to include a Republican presidential debate on Thursday, September 22nd. The Party will once again be partnering with FOX News to host the debate, which will give presidential candidates an opportunity to speak directly  to Floridians, as well as the nation.

“I am proud to announce the details of this important event,” said Chairman Bitner. “Presidency 5 will give the candidates an opportunity to bring their message directly to the people of Florida while allowing voters to participate in a poll that has historically predicted the eventual Republican nominee for President. We are also very excited to partner again with Fox News on another critical debate that will kick off the 2012 election season.”

The state of Florida is the fourth largest state in the nation and has been the most important swing state in the last 3 election cycles. Florida recently picked up 2 additional electoral votes brining its total to 29 and increasing the state’s importance in determining the next President of the Unites States. The Florida Presidency straw poll has consistently predicted the eventual Republican Presidential nominee since its inception in 1979.

FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour general news service covering breaking news as well as political, entertainment and business news. For five years, FNC has been the most watched cable news channel in the nation and currently presents 9 out of the top 10 programs in cable news. Owned by News Corp., FNC is available in more than 85 million homes.

Presidency 5 will be held on Thursday the 22nd, Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th of September at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. To request more information on the event times and activities, please visit www.presidency5.com

[Last modified: Monday, March 7, 2011 7:40pm]

    

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