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Warner, Gillespie to have Senate first debate

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and Republican challenger Ed Gillespie are trading jabs for the first time in person.

Warner accused Gillespie at a Saturday debate of being a “partisan warrior” who would contribute to congressional gridlock.

Gillespie said Warner has been a “blank check” for the Obama administration, which has helped weaken the state’s economy.

The debate is being held at the exclusive Greenbrier hotel resort in West Virginia and is moderated by Judy Woodruff, co-anchor for PBS NewsHour. The event is hosted by the Virginia Bar Association.

Several polls have put Warner, a former Virginia governor, well ahead of Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman.

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