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The Latest: Democratic candidates fight over refugees, Rubio

June 10, 2018

LARGO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the second Democratic candidate gubernatorial debate (all times local):

8:15 p.m.

For the first half of their second debate, four contenders for Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial nomination were about as civil as can be and hardly differed on issues of gun control and opposition to for-profit schools.

But mentions of Syrian refugees and a campaign contribution to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio heated up the debate inside a Largo, Florida, high school Saturday night.

Businessman Chris King chastised former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham for supporting failed legislation that would have added a layer in the processing of Syrian refugees.

Meanwhile, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum criticized former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine for making a donation to Rubio, a Republican.

Saturday night’s live-televised debate is one of a series of forums scheduled before the August primary.

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7 p.m.

Four contenders for Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial nomination are gathering for a debate.

The debate Saturday night at a high school in Largo, Florida is one of several forums the Democratic candidates are participating in as they head to an August primary.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and businessman Chris King are scheduled to appear in the live-televised, hour-long debate at Pinellas Park High School.

Businessman Jeff Greene joined the race last week, too late for the debate.

The Democrats have not won a Florida gubernatorial election since 1994. Republican Gov. Rick Scott is barred by the state constitution from seeking a third consecutive term.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis are leading Republican candidates.

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