TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Rep. Charlie Crist will meet for their first and only debate on Monday ahead of Florida’s gubernatorial election next month.
How to watch
Monday’s debate will be held at 7 p.m. ET at the Sunrise Theater in Fort Pierce. WPEC is hosting the debate, which will be moderated by WPEC Anchor Liz Quirantes.
WFLA is the only station in the Tampa Bay area that will carry the gubernatorial debate live on air and online.
On TV, you can watch the debate on News Channel 8 starting at 7 p.m. ET. WFLA will also air a special 6:30 p.m. newscast on Monday to preview the debate. WFLA’s Keith Cate will be in Fort Pierce for the debate and will be live throughout the evening.
The debate will also stream live on WFLA.com and in the WFLA app. Digital anchor J.B. Biunno will be live before and after the debate to provide interactive coverage featuring viewer comments, as well as analysis with political experts.
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What to know
DeSantis, the Republican running for a second term as Florida’s governor, will face Crist, his Democratic challenger. Crist most recently represented Florida’s 13th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives but did serve as the state’s governor from 2007 to 2011. Crist was a Republican at the time.
Monday’s debate is being held the same day that early voting begins in many Florida counties. The debate was initially scheduled for an earlier date, but had to be pushed back due to Hurricane Ian.