BROOKLYN - DemocratAndrew Cuomo and Republican Carl Paladino studied and rehearsed fortheir first live televised debate sponsored by News 12 and Newsday.

The debate will be held at Hofstra University's Long Island Campus at 7 p.m. Five other minor party candidates are also participating.

The race between Cuomo and Paladino has become heated in the last month with both sides racing to the top in polls.

You can watch the debate LIVE on News 12 and starting at 7 p.m.