Wright State withdraws from hosting first presidential debate

Wright State withdraws from hosting first presidential debate

DAYTON, OH (FOX19) - Wight State University will no longer host the first presidential debate of 2016.

Citing rising security concerns and costs, University President David Hopkins, announced on Tuesday the decision to pull out of the scheduled Sept. 26 debate.

Hosting the debate would be a "daunting" expense - between $3 million and $8 million, according to the university. Hopkins said the costs of additional necessary security would add to the financial burden on the school.

Hofstra University in New York will now host the first debate.

Washington University in St. Louis is scheduled to host second presidential debate on Oct. 9, followed by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on Oct. 19.

Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, will host the vice presidential debate on Oct. 4.

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