“This fall the eyes of the political world will be fixed on Virginia, with the state playing host to the most competitive race of 2013, as businessman and former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe faces off against Ken Cuccinelli, the state’s Republican attorney general.

With the Old Dominion having served as a hotly-contested battleground state in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, the result of this year’s gubernatorial contest, just like the 2009 battle won by Republican Bob McDonnell, will be looked at for national implications heading into the 2014 midterms.

A trio of polls released this week ahead of Saturday’s first debate between the two candidates reveal a close race. McAuliffe leads Cuccinelli by four points in two of the surveys. He has a 43 percent to 39 percent advantage in a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, and a 41 percent to 37 percent lead in the one done by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling.”-PBS

The debate will be held on Saturday, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs.  Judy Woodruff, co-anchor of “PBS NewsHour,” will moderate.

The event will be streamed live beginning at 11:00 a.m.