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UPDATE: This debate originally scheduled for May 2nd, 2011 has been postponed until September 14th, 2011.

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We now officially have a date for the first Republican Primary debate from the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. Officials from the library and the GOP agreed on a date of Monday, May 2nd, 2011 to hold the debate.

Report from MyStateLine.com:

(Simi Valley, CA) — The first debate between 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls will be held May 2nd at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley.

Library officials made the announcement this week after consulting with national Republican leaders to finalize a date.

The library earlier announced that, like in the 2008 presidential election cycle, it planned to host two GOP presidential debates leading up to the 2012 election.

The Reagan Presidential Foundation said it still plans to host a second debate on the eve of the Super Tuesday primaries in March 2012, but for now, no firm date has been set for that occasion.

Get a full list of the scheduled 2011/2012 debates on the 2011/2012 Primary Debate page.

Note there is also a Republican Primary debate scheduled on Thursday, May 5th 2011 as well. It will be a busy week. I’m betting a few GOP hopefuls will skip one or both of these very early debates.

UPDATE: This debate originally scheduled for May 2nd, 2011 has been postponed until September 14th, 2011.

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