WATCH LIVE: Colorado's final Gubernatorial debate
Watch the final debate in Colorado's governor's race at 8 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. MT) tonight, featuring John Hickenlooper (D) and Bob Beauprez (R). Live stream courtesy Colorado Public Television.
The two candidates for Colorado governor will face off for the final time this election cycle at a Denver debate at 8 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. MDT) tonight.
This will be the eighth debate in the race between Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican challenger Bob Beauprez.
Colorado Public Television presents the hour-long event in partnership with CBS4. Shaun Boyd, a political specialist with CBS4, Alan Gionet, a CBS4 anchor, and Eric Sondermann, an analyst with CPT, moderate.
When PBS NewsHour carried an earlier debate between the two candidates earlier this month, Beauprez had been consistently ahead of Hickenlooper in the polls, though the Democratic incumbent was steadily narrowing that gap.
Now, with a week and a half left before Election Day, the latest poll puts the sitting Governor ahead by a nose.
As the numbers have gotten closer, the debates have become increasingly heated. At an event hosted by the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry Thursday, Beauprez consistently referred to his opponent as "Obamalooper," in an attempt to link the Governor to an unpopular president. Hickenlooper likened the moniker to a schoolyard bully's taunts.
Energy, specifically the state's oil and gas reserves, were the central focus of Thursday's events, but the two candidates have sparred over taxes and jobs, school funding, gun laws and public safety, and abortion.