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Primary candidates' debate ranks number one prime time

Bersani-Renzi face-off most watched program Wednesday

Primary candidates' debate ranks number one prime time

Rome, November 29 - State broadcaster RAI said that the televised debate between Democratic Party (PD) primary candidates Pier Luigi Bersani and Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi aired Wednesday attracted over 6.5 million viewers, making it the most watched prime-time program that evening. The program shown on RAI 1 conducted by Monica Maggioni raked in a 22.85% share, ranking above the Canale 5 program Crimine Imperfetti (Imperfect Crimes) that attracted just over 4.6 viewers for a 16.98% share. Bersani, a 61-year-old former industry minister, finished on top of the first round in the primaries Sunday, with 44.9% of over three million votes cast, after most of the ballots had been counted on Monday. Renzi, a 37-year-old who presents himself as a modernizer, was second with 35.5%.

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