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Still first in the South

South Carolina has a long and proud tradition of playing a major role in determining the next president of the United States. Every four years, our state becomes a staging ground for presidential hopefuls who all wish to become the next leader of the free world.

The 2012 presidential race will be no different, as plans are already underway to launch campaign activities in South Carolina. On May 5th of next year, Fox News will be televising the First in the South 2012 Republican Presidential debate live from Greenville’s Peace Center. Candidates will spar over the issues in what is expected to be one of the most hotly contested presidential elections in modern history.

SCGOP Chairman Karen Floyd is excited and proud that South Carolina is set to once again play a critical part in the election process. “We are incredibly pleased to partner with Fox News to host the First in the South 2012 Republican Presidential debate,” Floyd said. “South Carolina Republicans have a flawless record in selecting our Party’s presidential nominee, and our state will continue to play a pivotal role in the 2012 nominating process. The eyes of the nation will be watching South Carolina, starting on May 5th.”

In making the announcement that they will be televising the event, Fox News’ Senior Vice President of News Editorial Michael Clemente said, “Fox News looks forward to presenting these key debates with the South Carolina Republican Party and giving the contenders an open forum to present their views at this critically important time in the country’s history.”

Knox White, the mayor of Greenville, is looking forward to welcoming the debate participants to his city, stating, “Downtown Greenville is proud to host the kickoff event of the presidential race. The Peace Center and our Main Street offer a great venue for a successful event.”

In the coming months, Republican presidential hopefuls are expected to formally announce their candidacy to the world. The first stop on their calendars will be Greenville, South Carolina, as our state will once again provide the stage for our next elected leader. We look forward to seeing the candidates arrive and welcome them in advance to the great Palmetto State.