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Andrew Cuomo, Cynthia Nixon to square off in only debate: What to know

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and primary challenger Cynthia Nixon will square off Wednesday in their only debate ahead of the Sept. 13 primary.

The hourlong debate, which will air on tape delay on CBS stations across the state, will give viewers their only chance to see the two candidates share a stage as they make their case to Democratic primary voters across the state.

For Cuomo, it's a chance to tout his record during his eight years as governor and flaunt his progressive accomplishments to a liberal-minded electorate.

For Nixon, it's a chance to make the case that Cuomo isn't nearly progressive enough, taking her message to a wider audience as she tries to make up ground in public-opinion polls that show her trailing.

Here's how to watch and what to watch for.

Who: Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon

What: The Democratic candidates for governor debate.

When: The debate will air on CBS stations across the state and on CBSNewYork.com at 7 p.m. Wednesday. (It's on a two-hour tape delay; The debate will be taped at 5 p.m.)

Where: Hofstra University on Long Island. WCBS-TV's Marcia Kramer and Maurice DuBois will moderate.

Why: Nixon and Cuomo are running in the Sept. 13 primary election.

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