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Democratic debate is off

The leading Democratic candidates for governor will not face off one last time on statewide television before the Sept. 5 primary.

U.S. Rep. Jim Davis and state Sen. Rod Smith were supposed to debate Tuesday night at WPTV, the NBC affilate in West Palm Beach, but Tropical Storm Ernesto forced the station to call it off. Attempts to reschedule the busy candidates were not successful.

"We got a four-day statewide tour planned and only four days left in the campaign,'' said Smith spokesman David Kochman. "It's a big shame."