ROCKY MOUNT – The first 2020 debate for a statewide election will kick off Monday night when the multitude of Republican candidates for North Carolina lieutenant governor will gather in Nash County to make their case to voters. it will be a crowded stage, with at least nine candidates, possibly more.
From Rocky Mount Telegram:
“[…] The Nash County GOP and WHIG-TV will be sponsoring a Republican Lieutenant Governor’s Debate at 7 p.m. Monday in the Brown Auditorium at Nash Community College. Tickets to the event are free, but attendees will have an opportunity to make a donation to Your Choice Pregnancy Center in Rocky Mount at the door rather than obtaining a ticket.
“With the large number of candidates for this election, it is important for voters to come and hear what these candidates have to say so they can decide for themselves who to vote for,” said John Check, who hosts the weekly “Check It Out” show on WHIG-TV and is a candidate for the state House of Representatives in the 2020 election. “The opening ceremonies will begin at 6:50 p.m. and we plan to start the debate right at 7 p.m.”
The event is scheduled to end at roughly 8:15 p.m. and will be broadcast later on WHIG-TV. […]”
Eastern North Carolina is no stranger to crowded primaries; the Third Congressional District Special Election earlier this year featured 16 Republican primary candidates. Still, getting the most out of a debate with eight or more people is a tough task for the crowd, the moderates, and the candidates. It will, however, provide a an opportunity for a candidate to make a splash.
All accounted for, the debate is set to include former state Rep. Scott Stone, Mark Robinson, Buddy Bengel, Greg Gebhardt, NC Superintendent Mark Johnson, John Ritter, state Sen. Andy Wells and Deborah Cochran. It will be interesting to see whose is biggest; NC Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson just entered the race, and former Congresswoman Renee Ellmers may attempt to revive her foundering campaign with an appearance.
Read more on how to purchase tickets, or watch the debate from home, here.