Fetterman-Oz Debate in Pennsylvania: Live Updates
With just weeks to go until Election Day, candidates in the most competitive races of this midterm season are hashing out their differences in debates. Read about those that have taken place so far, and see where and when to watch the events to come.
The Senate candidates in Colorado, Senator Michael Bennet, a Democrat, and Joe O’Dea, his Republican challenger, will face off at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Colorado Public Radio will broadcast the debate live online.
In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, will again debate Tudor Dixon, her Republican challenger, at 7 p.m. Eastern time. A livestream of the debate will be available online.
Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York, a Democrat, will debate her Republican challenger, Lee Zeldin, at 7 p.m. Eastern time. The debate will be carried by Spectrum News NY1.
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania, a Democrat, and Dr. Mehmet Oz, a Republican, will meet for the only debate of their Senate campaign at 8 p.m. Eastern time. A livestream will be available online.
Wednesday, Oct. 26: Alaska
Representative Mary Peltola of Alaska, a Democrat, will debate her challengers, including Sarah Palin and Nick Begich, both Republicans, at 11 p.m. Eastern time. A new primary system in Alaska allows the top four candidates who receive the most votes to advance to the general election, regardless of their party. A livestream will be available online.
Thursday, Oct. 27: Alaska, Maine, New Hampshire
Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a Republican, will debate her challengers, including Kelly Tshibaka, a Republican running to Ms. Murkowski’s right, at 11 p.m. Eastern time. A livestream of the debate will be available online.
In Maine, Gov. Janet T. Mills, a Democrat, will debate her Republican challenger, former Gov. Paul LePage. The debate will begin at 7 p.m. Eastern time.
Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, a Democrat, will debate Don Bolduc, her Republican challenger, again. The debate will begin at noon. Eastern time. A livestream will be available online.
Friday, Oct. 28: Colorado, Minnesota
In Colorado, Mr. Bennet and Mr. O’Dea will debate for a final time at 9 p.m. Eastern time. The event will be streamed live.
In Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, and Scott Jensen, his Republican challenger, will debate again, at 8 p.m. Eastern time. A livestream will be available online.
Sunday, Oct. 30: Georgia, Washington State
In Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, and Stacey Abrams, his Democratic challenger, will debate for a second time, at 7 p.m. Eastern time. The debate will be hosted by WSB-TV in Atlanta.
Senator Patty Murray of Washington, a Democrat, will again debate Tiffany Smiley, a Republican, at 8 p.m. Eastern time. A livestream will be available online.
Thursday, Nov. 3: Maine
In Maine, Ms. Mills and Mr. LePage will meet for a final debate, which will be broadcast by three Maine TV stations: WMTW, WABI and WAGM.
Monday, Oct. 24: Florida, Maine
Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, a Republican, and his Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist, a former governor and U.S. lawmaker, discussed abortion, education and climate change in their only debate before Election Day. The debate was originally scheduled for earlier in the month but was postponed because of Hurricane Ian.
In Maine, Ms. Mills and Mr. LePage each painted themselves as the true champion of Maine’s lobster industry in the second debate between the candidates for governor.
Read more from The Bangor Daily News: ‘Paul LePage’s curveballs and Janet Mills’ look back define 2nd TV debate’
Sunday, Oct. 23: Washington State
In Washington, Ms. Murray, a Democrat, faced Tiffany Smiley, her Republican challenger, in a contentious debate. Ms. Murray defended her record and Ms. Smiley tried to blame the incumbent for inflation and rising crime rates.
Read more from The Seattle Times: ‘Patty Murray, Tiffany Smiley spar over crime, abortion, climate at Senate debate’
Friday, Oct. 21: Arkansas
Three candidates for governor in Arkansas met for their only debate. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a Republican; Chris Jones, a Democrat; and Ricky Dale Harrington, Jr., a Libertarian; discussed how they approach media access to their campaigns. Ms. Huckabee Sanders, a former White House press secretary, said she prefers to cut out the “middle man” and speak directly to voters.
Read more from 4029 News: ‘Arkansas governor’s debate: Candidates respond to question on media access’
Thursday, Oct. 20: Massachusetts
The candidates running for governor in Massachusetts, Geoff Diehl, a Republican, and Attorney General Maura Healey, a Democrat, met for their final debate. The two candidates argued about taxes and the state’s economy but agreed that they would both “absolutely” accept the results of the election.
Read more from The Boston Globe: ‘Maura Healey and Geoff Diehl spar in final gubernatorial debate’
Wednesday, Oct. 19: Oregon
Three candidates running for governor in Oregon met for their final debate. Tina Kotek, a Democrat; Christine Drazan, a Republican; and Betsy Johnson, an independent, all agreed that reducing homelessness would be among their top priorities if elected.
Read more from OregonLive: ‘Candidates for governor clash on homelessness, education, policing during final televised debate’
Tuesday, Oct. 18: Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New Hampshire
In Colorado, Mr. Bennet, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger, Mr. O’Dea, participated in a 30-minute forum on mental health.
Read more from The Colorado Sun: ‘Colorado’s U.S. Senate candidates debate in the race’s first-ever mental health forum’
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a Republican, and Val B. Demings, a Democrat, met for their first debate. They touched on abortion, foreign policy, gun control and property insurance.
In Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, hammered Darren Bailey, his Republican opponent, on his ties to Mr. Trump and others who have questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 election.
Read more from The Chicago Tribune: ‘In final debate, Darren Bailey calls Chicago ‘Pritzkerville,’ while governor says challenger a threat to democracy’
Minnesota’s governor, Mr. Walz, a Democrat, and Mr. Jensen, a Republican, argued about how they would spend the state’s budget. The candidates also disagreed on mining, gun control and opioids.
Read more from The Star Tribune: ‘Walz, Jensen clash in first and only TV debate in Minnesota Governor’s race’
Ms. Hassan of New Hampshire, a Democrat, faced her Republican challenger, Mr. Bolduc, in a debate that focused on economic issues. Mr. Bolduc revealed a point of agreement with the incumbent, on raising the cap on income that can be taxed to fund Social Security.
Monday, Oct. 17: Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, Utah
In Georgia, Mr. Kemp, a Republican, and his Democratic challenger, Ms. Abrams met for their first debate this year. The two candidates addressed gun control policies, the state’s recovery from Covid-19 and economic policy. Shane Hazel, a Libertarian candidate who will be on the ballot, also participated.
Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa, a Republican, defended her record against Deirdre DeJear, a Democrat vying for the seat. Ms. Reynolds argued that the state’s budget had remained balanced under her leadership, while Ms. DeJear accused the incumbent of underfunding public services like education and health care.
Read more from The Des Moines Register: ‘Kim Reynolds and Deidre DeJear spar in their only Iowa governor debate. Here’s what they said’
In a second debate for Ohio’s Senate candidates, Representative Tim Ryan, a Democrat, and J.D. Vance, a Republican, each tried to paint his opponent as extreme.
Senator Mike Lee of Utah, a Republican, and his independent challenger, Evan McMullin, agreed on some points, including abortion policy, in their only debate. But Mr. McMullin offered sharp criticism of Mr. Lee’s role in undermining the results of the 2020 election, a major theme of Mr. McMullin’s campaign.
Friday, Oct. 14: Georgia, Wisconsin
Herschel Walker, a Republican who is challenging Senator Raphael Warnock of Georgia, a Democrat, went on the offensive in the pair’s first debate, at one point telling Mr. Warnock, a pastor, “Do not bear false witness.”
In Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, and Tim Michels, a Republican, disagreed on gun control and parents’ power in setting school curriculum.
Read more from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: ‘Takeaways from the only debate between Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and challenger Tim Michels’
Thursday, Oct. 13: Colorado, Michigan, Wisconsin
In the first Michigan governor’s debate, Ms. Whitmer, a Democrat who is seeking her second term, highlighted her experience in elected office over two decades. Ms. Dixon, her Republican challenger and a conservative TV news commentator, cast herself as a political outsider who says the state needs fixing.
In the second Senate debate in Wisconsin, Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican, and his Democratic challenger, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, disagreed on abortion access, but neither candidate explained specific policy changes they would support if elected.
Candidates for a newly created House seat in Colorado answered questions about oil and gas production, abortion access and a failed secession bid in 2013 that would have broken Northern Colorado off into a new state.
Read more from 9News: ‘CD8 candidates face off on economy, abortion, housing’
In a different debate, Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger, Heidi Ganahl, went over their respective plans to eliminate income tax in the state.
Read more from The Colorado Sun: ‘What we learned about Jared Polis and Heidi Ganahl during their debate’
Wednesday, Oct. 12: Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico
Maryland’s candidates for governor, Dan Cox, a Republican, and Wes Moore, a Democrat, traded personal attacks in their only debate. Mr. Moore criticized Mr. Cox for supporting the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, and Mr. Cox accused Mr. Moore of falsifying details in his autobiography, which Mr. Moore has denied.
Read more from The Baltimore Sun: ‘Maryland governor candidates Dan Cox and Wes Moore trade jabs in sole debate’
In Massachusetts, the candidates for governor, Mr. Diehl, a Republican, and Ms. Healey, a Democrat, argued over taxes, renewable energy and Mr. Trump’s legacy.
Read more from The Boston Globe: ‘Healey, Diehl spar on Trump, abortion rights, and affordability in first TV debate’
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, a Democrat, and her Republican challenger, Mark Ronchetti, met for their final debate this year. Ms. Lujan Grisham attacked Mr. Ronchetti’s dearth of political experience, and Mr. Ronchetti questioned the incumbent about a $150,000 settlement she reached in 2020 with a former staff member who accused her of sexual harassment. Her campaign denies the allegations.
Read more from The Albuquerque Journal: ‘Gov candidates confront each other in combative debate’
Monday, Oct. 10: Ohio
The first debate between the candidates for Senate in Ohio, Mr. Ryan and Mr. Vance, was sometimes heated and often personal.
Friday, Oct. 7: North Carolina, Wisconsin
Cheri Beasley, a Democratic former chief justice of the State Supreme Court, and Representative Ted Budd, who are competing for a Senate seat in North Carolina, met for a debate in Raleigh. Mr. Budd, a Republican, tried to portray the race as a referendum on President Biden, while Ms. Beasley sought to tie her opponent to election denialism and Mr. Trump.
Mr. Johnson and Mr. Barnes previously met for a debate in Madison that put their ideological differences on full display: Mr. Barnes embraced progressive ideas like marijuana legalization and the defense of Black Lives Matter protesters, while Mr. Johnson derided efforts to curb climate change.
Thursday, Oct. 6: Arizona, Illinois
Senator Mark Kelly of Arizona, a Democrat, and Blake Masters, his Republican challenger, met for a debate in Phoenix, where the topics included abortion, immigration and California’s water use.
Mr. Pritzker and Mr. Bailey debated in Normal, Ill., as part of their contest for governor. Mr. Bailey pressed Mr. Pritzker, whose presidential ambitions are no secret, to pledge to serve out all four years of his term if re-elected. Moderators asked Mr. Bailey to explain comments that compared abortion to the Holocaust.
Wednesday, Oct. 5: Kansas
Gov. Laura Kelly of Kansas, a Democrat, and her Republican opponent, Derek Schmidt, the state attorney general, met for a debate in Kansas City. Mr. Schmidt danced around the issue of abortion, saying that while he preferred “a Kansas that has fewer abortions, not more,” he would respect the outcome of an August referendum in the state that preserved abortion rights.
Tuesday, Oct. 4: Maine
Ms. Mills and Mr. LePage met for their first debate in Lewiston, Maine. Mr. LePage struggled to answer a question from a moderator about whether he would veto additional restrictions on abortion if a Republican legislature were to pass them.
Oct. 25, 2022
An earlier version of this article misstated Charlie Crist’s status as a congressman. He resigned in August after becoming the Democratic nominee in Florida’s race for governor; he is not currently in office.
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