POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer and Republican challenger Jay Townsend are debating for the first time.

The televised debate at 7 p.m. Sunday at Marist College in Poughkeepsie will be shown live statewide on NY1 and YNN stations.

A Marist poll on Friday reported that Schumer leads Townsend by 28 percentage points among likely voters as the

Democrat seeks election to a third term on Nov. 2.

Townsend, a Hudson Valley political consultant, had lobbied hard for a debate with Schumer.

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