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Posted at 06:56 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Allen, Kaine participate in first debate of U.S. Senate race

Update, 1:30 p.m.: For the latest on the debate, check out the live tweets below. You can also watch a live stream from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Republican George Allen and Democrat Timothy M. Kaine will participate in the first debate of Virginia’s high-profile 2012 U.S. Senate race Wednesday in Richmond.
Tim Kaine (left), George Allen (right) (Photos by Alex Wong/Getty Images and Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

A team of reporters will be live tweeting the debate starting at 1:30 p.m. so check back then for complete coverage.

Also, click here to read the five things to watch in the debate.

The former governors will debate for 90 minutes at the Associated Press Day at the Capitol, an annual event sponsored by the Virginia Associated Managing Editors and the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association.

The election is expected to be one of the most competitive in the nation, and could help determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.

A trio of veteran Richmond reporters — Bob Lewis of the AP, Ryan Nobles of NBC12 and Michael Sluss of the Roanoke Times — will ask questions. Bob Gibson, executive director of the Sorenson Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, will moderate the debate.

Allen and Kaine are not the only candidates in the race, but the other six did not meet its qualifications: averaging 15 percent or better in published, non-candidate primary polls; and raising at least 20 percent as much money as his or her party’s front-runner.

Four other candidates — businessmen Tim Donner, lawyer David McCormick, Bishop E.W. Jackson and tea party activist Jamie Rad­tke — are competing in the Republican primary. Two others — Julien Modica, a health-care company executive, and Courtney Lynch, founding partner of a consulting firm — are running in the Democratic primary.

Radtke supporters are expected to hold a protest outside the Capitol Wednesday during the debate. Modica sued to get into the debate, but the lawsuit was dismissed Friday.

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