Deeds, McAuliffe, Moran set five debates
The three candidates running for the Democratic nomination for governor announced a series of five debates building up to the big primary vote on Tuesday, June 9.
State Senator Creigh Deeds, former Democratic campaign consultant Terry McAuliffe, and former Alexandria delegate Brian Moran will square off first on Sunday, April 19 in Williamsburg at the annual convention of the Farm Team, a women's political group founded by former Virginia Attorney General Mary Sue Terry.
This will be followed by debates in Hampton on Thursday, April 23, back-to-back debates in Danville on Tuesday, April 28, and in Blacksburg Wednesday, April 29, and a final debate in Annandale on May 19.
Venues and times for the debates have yet to be announced.
In the early stages of the campaign, the nomination appears to up for grabs. According to a survey by Public Policy Polling early this month, 46 percent of likely voters in the Democratic primary are still undecided, with McAuliffe winning 21 percent, Moran getting 18 percent, and Deeds earning 14 percent.
Whoever comes out on top after the June 9 primary will face former Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell, who is running unopposed for the Republican nomination.