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First debate between Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum this Sunday in Tampa

After the earlier debate was cancelled by Gillum, Sunday evening will be voters' first chance to see them go head-to-head.
Gillum (left) and DeSantis (right).
Gillum (left) and DeSantis (right).
Published Oct. 18, 2018

Finally, this weekend brings Floridians' first opportunity to see the two candidates for governor, Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum, go head-to-head in a debate.

The details: it's happening in Tampa at 8 p.m., in the local PBS studio. Voters can watch the debate, likely moderated by Jake Tapper, on CNN.

Previously, there had been three debates scheduled between the candidates. A Telemundo debate in Orlando was supposed to take place on Tuesday, Oct. 16, but Gillum cancelled, saying he needed to focus on recovery efforts post-Hurricane Michael until Thursday.

After Sunday, that just leaves the Oct. 24 debate in Davie, hosted by Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association. That one will be broadcast on live local stations across the state.