Virginia's two front runners for U.S. Senate, former governors Tim Kaine (D) and George Allen (R), will face off in the first of three debates at 1:30 pm today in Richmond. Although both candidates face opposition in their respective primaries, only Allen and Kaine met the requirements to participate set forth by debate organizers (including polling at above 15% and raising a certain amount of money).

The Virginia AP Managing Editors and the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association are hosting the debate as part of Associated Press Day at Virginia's Capitol.

Watch the debate live at here and follow @fran_chambers on twitter for live updates during the debate.