Washington (CNN) - The Republican parties of Georgia and Ohio will partner with CNN next month for a "Super Tuesday" debate, state GOP officials announced Thursday.
Georgia, 76, and Ohio, 66, have the most delegates at stake on March 6, when 10 states hold either a primary or caucus.
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Unlike recent GOP presidential primaries, the 2012 contest could turn into a long battle for delegates that stretches into early June.
"With a combined 142 delegates up for grabs on March 6th, Georgia and Ohio are truly the power brokers in this year's Republican presidential contest," said Georgia Republican Party Chairman Sue Everhart.
The debate, which was announced by the Georgia Republican Party and CNN in November, will take place in Atlanta, Georgia. Ohio will serve as the primary remote location for the event. Registered Georgia and Ohio Republican voters will have an opportunity to pose questions to the presidential candidates live during the debate.
"As residents of the quintessential presidential battleground state, Ohio voters have always taken their role in vetting and electing presidential candidates very seriously," said Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine.
The debate will air live on March 1, at 8 p.m. ET on CNN, CNN en Español, CNN International and streamed on CNN.com. Officials said an announcement on the venues would be forthcoming.