Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association have announced dates for hour-long debates between the Democratic and Republican nominees to win the November election for Florida governor and U.S. Senate.
The organizations will host the events at Broward College two weeks before the general election. The debates will run back-to-back, on Oct. 23 and 24, and will each start at 7 p.m.
The debates will be carried across all of Florida's 10 media markets, and produced by West Palm Beach-based ABC station WPBF/Ch. 25. In Miami, the events will be broadcast by WFOR-CBS4.
For Senate, Bill Nelson, the only Democrat elected statewide in Florida, is expected to face a challenge from term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Scott.
For governor, August primaries will decide who will face off. Right now, Congressman Ron DeSantis and Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam are declared candidates on the Republican side (with House Speaker Richard Corcoran a possible third entry). On the Democratic side, the candidates are Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, Winter Park businessman Chris King, and former Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine.