The first clash of the Virginia titans is set to get underway on December 7 as former Sen. George Allen and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine are set to debate for the first time in the Senate race.
Richmond is set to play host to the two frontrunners during this year's Associated Press Day at the State Capitol. According to the AP's Bob Lewis, Allen and Kaine are invited, and have committed to participate while other candidates must reach an average of 15 percent in "published, non-candidate primary polls" and must have "raised at least 20 percent as much money as their party's frontrunner by the end of October."
Given the criteria, it is unlikely that any other candidates will qualify for the 90-minute debate. Journalist Bob Gibson, who serves as the executive director for the nonpartisan Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, is slated to moderate the debate, according to the AP. The Wednesday debate is hosted by the Virginia AP Managing Editors and the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association.