Senate debates lined up

by Jeremy Alford, LaPolitics

The leading candidates in the U.S. Senate race are slated for a televised debate in less than a month.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Council for A Better Louisiana have scheduled its regular candidate forum for Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. It will broadcast live from the campus of Louisiana Tech in Ruston and will be hosted by CABL President Barry Erwin and LPB President Beth Courtney.

With 24 candidates running, it’ll be interesting to see who makes the stage and which guidelines were used for inclusion.

There’s at least one other televised debate already on the books. It’ll take place Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Baton Rouge and is being hosted by Raycom Media (WVUE-TV New Orleans, WAFB-TV Baton Rouge, KSLA-TV Shreveport and KPLC-TV Lake Charles).

To participate candidates must be polling at 5 percent or higher in a survey that will be commissioned by Raycom Media. In the event of a runoff, a second debate will take place on Thursday, Dec. 8, in Baton Rouge.