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Here's how much it costs for a university to host a presidential debate

Sunday night's presidential debate kicks off at 9 p.m. ET at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. The whole affair will cost the university a ton of money — between $4 million and $5 million, to be exact. However, $2 million of that goes directly to the Commission on Presidential Debates, a representative for Washington University told KMOV. The rest of the cost goes to things like security, crowd control, and providing the equipment and space necessary for the hordes of campaign operatives and journalists who descend on the campus.
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