- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Hofstra University in New York, which will replace Ohio’s Wright State University as host of the first presidential debate, has offered to allow 15 WSU students to attend the event.

Wright State President David Hopkins calls the offer “very generous.”

University donors will be asked to cover the costs for the students, who will be selected through a lottery system.

Hopkins announced on Tuesday that he had informed the Commission on Presidential Debates that the Dayton school could no longer host the Sept. 26 debate, the first of four in the general election.

Rising security costs were cited as the reason for WSU pulling out. Hopkins says the university was unable to convince donors to contribute the necessary funding needed and the school couldn’t cover the cost itself.

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