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TV debate between DeSantis, Crist postponed due to Hurricane Ian

It is the only scheduled debate between the two candidates for Florida governor.
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, left, and Gov. Ron DeSantis are both hoping voters pick them in the midterms to be Florida's governor.
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, left, and Gov. Ron DeSantis are both hoping voters pick them in the midterms to be Florida's governor. [ Times 2022 ]
Published Oct. 5|Updated Oct. 5

The only scheduled debate between Gov. Ron DeSantis and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist has been postponed due to Hurricane Ian, according to the local TV station slated to host it.

The original debate was scheduled to take place on Oct. 12 in Fort Pierce, about an hour north of West Palm Beach.

“The debate management team is working with both campaigns to determine a makeup date for later this month,” read a post on the website of WPEC, a CBS affiliate. “WPEC-TV is committed to making sure all Floridians have an opportunity to hear from the candidates before Election Day.”

The station said that as originally planned, the debate will be livestreamed and broadcast live on local TV stations across Florida.

In a news release about the postponement, Crist campaign manager Austin Durrer said they are working to reschedule “as soon as possible.”

“I think we’ll have good news to report shortly,” he said.

The DeSantis campaign did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.

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