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Republican Senate candidates to debate one week before election

Republican candidates in the crowded U.S. Senate primary election will have a shot at convincing voters they're the right choice in a debate one week before polls close this August.

The debate, sponsored by the LeMieux Center for Public Policy at Palm Beach Atlantic University and the Palm Beach County Young Republicans, will take place Aug. 23 at the university. It will be televised.

It's the only primary debate scheduled with all five GOP candidates. They'll share the stage tonight in Boca Raton for a forum put on by a group called America First.

The five candidates running are U.S. Reps. Ron DeSantis and David Jolly, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, defense contractor Todd Wilcox and developer Carlos Beruff. However, others could enter the race by the June 24 qualifying deadline. There has been speculation that Marco Rubio could decide to seek re-election, despite saying during his presidential campaign that he would not do so.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 2, 2016 9:26am]


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