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DAVIE (CBSMiami) –The podiums are up. The banners are hung. The lighting is set and the rehearsals are complete for Wednesday’s gubernatorial debate.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott  and former Florida Governor Charlie Crist are set to take the stage at 7:00 p.m. at Broward College’s Davie campus.

It’s the first ever gubernatorial debate broadcast and held in Broward County.

CLICK HERE To Watch Gary Nelson’s Report 

Students and administration say they are excited and thrilled they may have some part in deciding who is elected governor of Florida.

“I think it’s huge for Broward College. It’s huge for our 67 thousand students and our 1,500 faculty members and you know it’s big for this community,” said Broward College President David Armstrong.

Students at the college are pumped even though only a hundred will see the debate in person.

“It’s very important. It’s bringing a lot of attention to the school… and also it helps to encourage interest in politics,” said student Thuilinn Nguyen.

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The debate sponsors, Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association, believe it brings value to voters.

“Florida’s voters need to hear where the two candidates stand on the issues that matter to the most. They have been getting 30 second sound bites,” said Wendy Walker of Leadership Florida.

Who will win? Maybe the one who can deliver the most clever line.

“I think perhaps the one that is able to come off with a one-liner potentially is the one who could come out on top,” said  Broward College Political Science teacher Dr. Kevin Walsh .

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The two candidates will have a full, uninterrupted hour to argue who is most qualified if not most clever.

CBS4 Anchor Eliott Rodriguez will moderate the debate which airs live on CBS4 from 7-8 pm and will stream live on CBSMiami.com.

Click here for the live stream.  

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