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Ohio College Withdraws as Presidential Debate Site

FILE – A New York state trooper stands outside the site of a debate between President Barack Obama and the Republican presidential nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, at Hofstra University's David S. Mack Sports Complex in Hempstead, New York.

A university in Ohio is citing security concerns and costs as the reason it is pulling out of the presidential debate it was scheduled to hold in September.

Wright State University President David Hopkins said the Dayton-area school has a large, open campus. He said questions about the ability to protect the campus and the surrounding community during the debate led to a decision that had "weighed heavily'' on him. Recent days have seen the mass killings in Nice, France, and police shootings and other violence in the U.S.

The debate will now be held at Hofstra University in New York, the home state of both presumptive nominees, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. Hofstra held a presidential debate in 2012 and had agreed to serve as an alternate site this year.

Wright was scheduled to hold the first of three presidential debates September 26.

The other presidential debates will be held at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 9 and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas on October 19.

Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, said it still plans to host the vice presidential debate on October 4.

The presidential election will be held November 8.