Washington (CNN) - One day after CNN announced it is co-producing the first 2012 Republican Presidential Primary debate in New Hampshire, Fox News followed a similar plan.
On Tuesday, CNN announced it will partner with the Granite State's WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union leader for a debate scheduled for June 7, 2011.
On Wednesday, Fox News and the South Carolina Republican Party announced, in a press release, they will co-host two presidential debates. One is scheduled for May 5, 2011 in Greenville, South Carolina. The second debate "will be held in 2012 prior to the South Carolina primary at a location to be determined," the statement said.
The CNN event will be especially noteworthy because of New Hampshire's unique role in picking presidential candidates: the state traditionally holds the first presidential primary. The winner earns a mass of media and public attention. And political observers often see the victor as having critical momentum leading into other key primaries.
South Carolina's presidential primary is traditionally the first in the U.S. south.