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Hofstra University To Host Presidential Debate In Place Of Wright State

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New York's Hofstra University says it's honored to be called on to host the first 2016 presidential general election debate.

The Sept. 26 debate is moving to Hofstra after Wright State University withdrew as host Tuesday, citing rising security concerns and costs.

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced quickly that Hofstra would take over. The Hempstead, New York, university had agreed last year to serve as an alternate site. It hosted debates in 2012 and 2008.

Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz says hosting the debate is "an extraordinary privilege." He says the university appreciates the faith shown in it by the commission and has begun preparations "for a very successful debate."

The shift means the debate will be in the home state of the two major parties' presumptive nominees, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.