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'Third-party candidate' with armed security attempted to crash Senate debate



With three armed security guards in tow, an uninvited third-party candidate for Florida's U.S. Senate seat unsuccessfully attempted to enter Monday night's debate between Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy.

Courtney Gilmartin, spokeswoman for University of Central Florida's police, said the four men attempted to enter the ticketed event as the debate began at the university's Fairwinds Alumni Center. The debate started at 7 p.m.

The candidate, whom Gilmartin did not identify, did not have a ticket, she said, "and his security was armed, which is a violation of Florida state statute that prevents guns on college campuses unless they are securely locked inside a vehicle."

No one was hurt, the men were removed from campus and the debate went on as planned, Gilmartin said. She said more information, including police body camera video, would be available Tuesday.

UPDATE: More here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 4:28pm]


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