Republican governor candidates to debate May 11

Republican Elephant
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s four Republican candidates for governor will meet on statewide television one week before the May 19 primary.

KET’s "Kentucky Tonight" program will host the four Republican candidates for governor at 8 p.m. EDT May 11 for what could be the only statewide televised debate before the primary. Host Bill Goodman will quiz Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner and former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott.

The candidates’ running mates will debate on a separate program one week earlier.

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Democratic candidate Geoff Young will appear on the program next Monday along with running mate Jonathan Masters. Attorney General Jack Conway will not participate. Conway leads Young by a wide margin in fundraising and public polling.