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Update: Fried, Crist face off in debate as DeSantis looms large

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist are candidates for the Democratic nomination for governor in Florida. Photos: WMFE News

A broadcast of the one and only debate between the two Democratic candidates vying to take on Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is 7 p.m. today, July 21..

The candidates are Democratic Congressman Charlie Crist of St. Petersburg, who is a former Republican governor, and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. 

Fried is the only Democrat holding statewide office in Florida.

She has gone after Crist about his record from his time as a Republican before 2010,  and about a statement in April that he is, quote, “pro-life” though, he says, he strongly supports a woman’s right to choose.

Between the two, Crist leads in the polls. And his campaign has largely avoided Fried, focusing instead on DeSantis.

You can watch the debate  on NBC6-dot-com, Telemundo channels in Florida, and several NBC stations, including WESH-2 in Central Florida.

Preview by Joe Byrnes, WMFE News. Produced with assistance from the Public Media Journalists Association Editor Corps funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

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