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Candidates for governor to debate Thursday in Grundy

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 7:11 PM EDT
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(WDBJ) - Statewide attention will be focused on southwestern Virginia later this week, when the candidates for governor face off in their first debate.

Republican Glenn Youngkin and Democrat Terry McAuliffe will meet at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy Thursday night. You can watch it at 7 p.m. September 16 on WZBJ24, wdbj7.com or WDBJ7 Facebook.

Virginia Tech Professor and WDBJ7 political analyst Bob Denton says the debate could have a significant impact on a close race.

“We certainly are looking forward to seeing the two candidates,” Denton said. “We know that debates influence undecided voters. They’re about double-digit if you average the different polls. So I do think that this is one of those important events that may indeed move the polls at least going out of the debate.”

The candidates are scheduled to meet in only two debates. The second is later this month in northern Virginia.

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