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GOP hopefuls, minus one, who want to oust Wasserman Schultz will debate

A group of Republicans competing for the chance to take on U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Weston) will debate on June 28.

The debate will be held at 7 p.m. at the Old Davie School House, 6650 Griffin Road. It is sponsored by the Broward Republican Executive Committee and moderated by the Sun-Sentinel's politics reporter Anthony Man.

According to BREC, candidates Ozzie deFaria, Joe Kaufman, Gineen Bresso and Juan Eliel Garcia have confirmed. Karen Harrington won't be there because she had already scheduled a fundraiser for that night, said a campaign spokesman, Anthony Bustamante.

Bustamante said that BREC didn't give Harrington's campaign enough notice.

"We literally got notice like a week and a half ago," Bustamante said. "We already had prior engagements that evening. We have already been at two other forums -- it's not like we haven't participated in getting Karen's message out."

The Republicans face an uphill battle against DNC chair Wasserman Schultz who has raised more than $2 million.They are competing in Congressional District 23 which includes parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Both deFaria and Harrington have gotten the "On the Radar" nod from the National Republican Congressional Committee. Both have also earned some big endorsements: deFaria has been endorsed by U.S. Sen. John McCain and Harrington has been endorsed by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota).

The debate is open to the public. The candidates agreed on the format which includes GOP clubs submitting some questions in advance.