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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be on equal footing for debate at Hofstra

The stage set prior to the second presidential

The stage set prior to the second presidential debate held at the David Mack Center at Hofstra University on Oct. 16, 2012. Credit: Getty Images

Some observers have thought that Republican National Committee liaisons to the presidential debate commission nixed Hofstra University from getting a debate this fall because Long Island-New York City was Hillary Clinton territory. Hofstra instead was picked as the alternate site.

Now with the withdrawal Tuesday of Wright State University from its September 26 debate, the first on the schedule, Hofstra is set to become the first university to host a presidential debate in three consecutive election cycles.

The New York media and the commission love the easy access from the city and the professionalism and experience of the university running glitch-free events.

And the GOP can no longer care much about Clinton having a home-state advantage. Donald Trump is very popular on Long Island.

This item originally appeared in The Point, the editorial board’s daily newsletter about New York politics. Subscribe below.