Gov. Evers, Michels to hold only debate Oct. 14, hosted by News 3 Now

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Republican challenger Tim Michels will meet next month for their only debate before November’s election.

The debate, organized by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and hosted in News 3 Now’s studio in Madison, will be broadcast on Friday, October 14, featuring questions asked by journalists from stations across the state. Campaigns for both Gov. Evers and Michels confirmed Monday they would take part in the debate, issuing the following joint statement:

“We are pleased to announce that our two campaigns have reached an agreement regarding the upcoming Wisconsin Broadcasters Association debate,” the campaigns said. “This event, broadcast statewide on October 14th and originating in Madison, will include journalists from markets across the state. We encourage people to tune in. There are plenty of differences between the two candidates, but we agree that voters deserve this opportunity to hear directly from each candidate. This will be the only debate between the candidates before the November election.”

The most recent poll released by Marquette University Law School last month showed a statistical tie between the two campaigns, which is expected to be one of the most closely-contested and expensive gubernatorial races in the country this November.

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In that poll, Evers was the choice for 44 percent of those polled, while Michels was the choice of 42 percent, with Independent Joan Beglinger getting 7 percent of the support. The poll had a margin of error of +/- 4.2 percent.

Marquette is expected to release an updated poll on the gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races later this week.

Two debates were held between Evers and then-Gov. Scott Walker ahead of the 2018 election.