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Delaware's Democrat and Republic candidates square off against each other Tuesday.

 

Debates among candidates for Delaware’s governor and the U.S. House of Representatives are planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and will be live-streamed on Delaware Live, Town Square Delaware and Milford Live. Voters can submit questions in advance by completing this form.

The first debate features John Carney, the incumbent Democrat, and Republican challenger Julianne E. Murray.

The second debate features Lisa Blunt Rochester, the incumbent Democrat, and Republican Lee Murphy.

No debate in the U.S. Senate race is planned, because incumbent Democrat Christopher A. Coons has said he is unable to participate in a debate at the University of Delaware with his Republican challenger, Lauren Witzke.

 

The debates are a decade-long tradition of UD’s Center for Political Communication and Delaware Public Media.

Ralph Begleiter, the retired founding director of the CPC and a former CNN journalist, will moderate.

Coronavirus guidelines prevent having a studio audience, and other precautions include a screening questionnaire and temperature check. Masks will be required, but once the debate begins, the moderator and candidates will remove their masks. The candidates will stand at podiums 10 feet apart and more than 12 feet from the moderator.

“We’re following all these precautions very carefully to ensure everyone’s safety but still allow the public to see the candidates in a true debate,” said Nancy Karibjanian, director of the CPC.

“It’s not really a debate unless the candidates are face to face, and we feel a responsibility to offer this kind of public forum in Delaware each election year.”


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