(CNN) - Candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination will be invited to participate in the Arizona Republican Presidential debate if they meet objective polling criteria, CNN announced Friday.
The nationally televised February 22 debate is being co-sponsored by the Arizona Republican Party and will take place in Mesa six days before Arizona and Michigan voters head to the polls.
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Invitations to participate in the debate will be issued to candidates who receive an average of at least 7.00% in at least three national polls released between January 15, 2012 and February 15, 2012 that were conducted by the following organizations: ABC, AP, Bloomberg, CBS News, New York Times, CNN, FOX, Gallup, Los Angeles Times, Marist, McClatchy, NBC, Newsweek, Pew, Quinnipiac, Reuters, USA Today and Time.
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