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Florida governor delays debate over fan

A debate between two candidates for Florida governor was delayed several minutes amid a dispute over a small fan placed under one hopeful's lectern.

On Wednesday night moderators said Republican Governor Rick Scott refused to appear, saying Democratic challenger Charlie Crist's fan broke the rules.

Mr Scott's camp disputes the report, saying they were not told Mr Crist, an ex-governor, had yet taken the stage.