While many California voters were looking forward to the first debate between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman today at UC Davis, Spanish-language media are anticipating another first -- the first-ever Spanish-language gubernatorial debate in California, to be held October 2 at CSU Fresno.
The debate, hosted by KFTV Univision 21 Fresno, will be moderated by national Univision anchor María Elena Salinas. It will air at 4:00 p.m on KDTV Univision 14, with closed caption subtitles available in English and Spanish. The debate will also be broadcast on Univision Radio San Francisco's public affairs program, and will be available online in English and Spanish. Univision is inviting viewers to participate in the debate by sending in their questions by Sept. 27 to pregunta@correo.univision.com.

Univision reports that more than 21 percent of all California registered voters are Latino, and the numbers are growing: more than 46 percent of registered Latino voters in California have registered to vote in the past eight years.

The latest Field Poll shows that Whitman has closed Jerry Brown's lead among Latinos to just 3 percentage points. In an interview with La Opinión Sacramento correspondent Araceli Martínez Ortega, Whitman credits her extensive advertising in Spanish-language media; her bilingual website; her campaign offices in East L.A., Chula Vista, Fresno and Santa Ana; and her focus on jobs, a topic she said resonates especially with Latinos, who have a higher unemployment rate.