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Laxalt accepts invitation for one gubernatorial debate with Sisolak

Michelle Rindels
Michelle Rindels
Election 2018IndyBlog

Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt has accepted an invitation for one debate ahead of the election, after his Democratic opponent Steve Sisolak proposed three matchups.

Laxalt’s campaign announced Tuesday that he’s accepted the invitation of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Spanish-language network Telemundo and KSNV Channel 3 — the Las Vegas NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group — for a debate that will be broadcast in Las Vegas and Reno on Monday, Oct. 15. That’s five days before the start of early voting.

“I look forward to debating the important issues facing our state, including education, our economy, and public safety,” Laxalt said in a statement. “This will be a great chance for Nevadans to see our views on policy and our vision for Nevada’s next chapter.”

Sisolak proposed in June that the two meet up for a series of three individual debates, including one in Northern Nevada, one in Southern Nevada and one hosted by a Spanish-language outlet.

Sisolak’s campaign also proposed that the debates should also include qualified candidates from the Libertarian Party, Independent American Party as well as any nonpartisan candidate who emerges as a significant contender in public polling. Ryan Bundy, son of rancher Cliven Bundy, is running a long-shot bid as a nonpartisan.

Sisolak, the chairman of the Clark County Commission, and Laxalt, the state’s attorney general, easily sailed to victory in their respective primary races. The Democratic candidates had two televised debates, while plans for a televised debate among Republican primary candidates fell apart shortly before the event after a dispute over participation qualifications.

A late July poll from Suffolk University and the Reno Gazette-Journal shows Laxalt has almost 42 percent to Sisolak’s 41 percent. His advantage is within the margin of error, which is 4.4 percent.

Disclosure: Steve Sisolak has donated to The Nevada Independent. You can see a full list of donors here.

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