DAYTON, Ohio (WCMH) — The first presidential debate in the 2016 general election will be held in Ohio.
The Commission on Presidential Debates announced the event will be held at Wright State University’s Nutter Center, in Dayton.
The debate is scheduled for September 26, 2016.
News of the debate spread quickly on campus, with several students voicing their excitement.
“I am super excited that we’re having the first debate, next fall,” said Elijah Knapp. “It really is a privilege that we get to host the debate, represent Ohio and represent the country.”
State politicians also applaud the announcement.
“I think it’s going to put Wright State on the map, nationally,” said State Rep. Niraj Antani, District 42. “We like to brag about how we’re innovative here in Dayton, Ohio, and we’re looking forward to displaying that on the national level.”
The Nutter Center has a history of playing a significant role in presidential politics. In 2008, Republican candidate John McCain announced Sarah Palin as his running mate, at the facility.
According to the Commission on Presidential Debates, the debate moderator and format will be announced at a later date.
The other three general election debates will be held in Virginia, Missouri and Nevada.