CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper Moderating Debates for Hotly Contested Races

“The Lead” anchor and “The Situation Room” host will moderate face-offs in the Florida gubernatorial race and the U.S. senatorial race in New Hampshire

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From Left, Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper (CNN, ABC)

CNN will serve as the host for debates in two of the country’s most hotly contested races.

Chief Washington correspondent and “The Lead” anchor Jake Tapper and Wolf Blitzer, lead political anchor and anchor of the “The Situation Room,” will moderate the events.

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On Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. ET, Tapper will co-host a live, one-hour gubernatorial debate in Jacksonville, Fla. between Democrat Charlie Crist and the Republican contender, the incumbent Governor Rick Scott. Tapper will join WJXT-TV anchor and reporter Kent Justice at WJXT’s Jacksonville studio to co-moderate the final debate before Election Day.

There will be no media or public access to the Jacksonville studio for the debate.

On Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. ET, Blitzer will moderate the live, one-hour debate for the U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire between Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen and GOP challenger Scott Brown. NH1 News political director and anchor Paul Steinhauser will join Blitzer as moderator. The debate will take place at NH1’s Concord studio.

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There will be no public or media access to the studio for the NH debate, as well.

The Florida race between Crist and Scott recently attracted national attention when a video framing the race in a parody of TLC’s wedding dress shopping show, “Say Yes to the Dress,” went viral.