INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The three candidates for Indiana governor are scheduled to face each other Tuesday night in the first of two televised debates.
Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, Democratic challenger Woody Myers and Libertarian Donald Rainwater are set for the hour-long session sponsored by the nonprofit Indiana Debate Commission starting at 7 p.m. EDT Tuesday.
Coronavirus precautions mean there won’t be an audience as the debate takes place at the WFYI-TV studio in Indianapolis. Myers last week asked for the debate commission to require COVID-19 testing for the candidates ahead of the debate, but the group didn’t immediately take that step.
The debate comes as Holcomb has large fundraising and organization advantages over his challengers.
Myers has been pushing for more aggressive actions to control COVID-19 spread, while some conservatives angry over Holcomb’s coronavirus orders have said they’ll vote for Rainwater, who is an opponent of the statewide mask mandate.
The second gubernatorial debate is set for Oct. 27.