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The GOP dumped its Telemundo debate. Will the Democrats swoop in to replace them?

Republicans' loss may become Democrats' gain. Since the Republican National Committee pulled out of the debate to be co-hosted by NBC News and Spanish-language TV network Telemundo because of the RNC's dissatisfaction with CNBC's handling of last week's debate, Telemundo has reportedly entered into talks with Democrats about the possibility of scheduling a non-DNC-sanctioned candidate forum. The Washington Post's Greg Sargent reports:

If this comes to fruition, Democrats would effectively be moving into the breach created by the RNC's decision. It would mean Democrats end up holding two debate-style events on Spanish-language networks, since they are already set to hold a Univision debate in March.

Telemundo had already been in private talks with the DNC about holding a candidate forum, but in the wake of the GOP decision, those efforts will now be escalated, I'm told. [The Washington Post]

Since the GOP pulled out of its only Spanish-language network event when it bailed on the Telemundo co-hosted debate, the party does not currently have any events slated for Spanish television.