DAVIE (CBSMiami) — Final preparations are underway for Florida’s Gubernatorial Debate: “Decision 2014: Before You Vote” at Broward College in Davie.

“It’s a really big honor for us to have it here on campus,” said student Armande Laguerre.

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Governor Rick Scott and his opponent Charlie Crist will take the stage Wednesday night at 7pm.

CBS4 Anchor Eliott Rodriguez will moderate the debate.

With millions of people expected to watch, students say it’s bound to put their school on the map.

“It’s an accomplishment for our school because usually you don’t get those type of things here at Broward College and I’m very excited for it,” said student Norman Michel.

Florida’s Gubernatorial race is one of the most closely watched midterm election contests and the stakes are heightened even more because the candidates are in a too-close-to-call contest.

A new poll shows Scott and Crist are virtually tied with just three weeks until Election Day.

The survey by StPetePolls, which used both robocalls and emails, found 44.1 percent favored Governor Rick Scott and 43.1 percent favored former Governor Charlie Crist. Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie got 7.8 percent of the vote. The poll had a margin of error of 1.8 percent so it’s still a statistical tie between Scott and Crist.

“It’s really close right now and I think every word that they say is a big decision maker,” said student Josh Krasner. “I think it’s a make it or break it type of debate.”

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Some students scored tickets to the event through a raffle, others will see the face-to-face show down at a campus watch party.

Student government members have been handing out buttons and flyers to hype the campus up. They have also encouraged students to register to vote.

An issue at the top of their priority list is education.

“I’m a college student, I live on my own, I need the support,” said Laguerre. “It’s important for the person who is going to govern Florida to be interested in my education because without my education I can’t get anywhere.”

The Florida Press Association, along with Leadership Florida, are hosting the debate which airs live on CBS4 Wednesday from 7-8pm and will stream live on CBSMiami.com.


And be sure to like our Facebook page and join the debate conversation. What question would you like Eliott Rodriguez to ask the candidates? We’ll take the top ranked questions from our Facebook page and ask the candidates during the debate.


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