WATCH LIVE: Wisconsin's Final Governor's Debate
The candidates will meet at at 8 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. CDT) on Friday, Oct. 17 in the studios of Milwaukee Public Television, the event's host and producer. The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association sponsors. Erin Toner, a reporter for WUWM, Milwaukee's public radio station, will moderate.
Third-party candidates Robert Burke (L) and Dennis Fehr (The People's Party) will not participate, per the WBA's criteria for inclusion.
Walker and Burke debated last week, in an event that focused largely on the economy, jobs, and health care. At the time, the incumbent Governor led his Democratic challenger by five percentage points.
Since that night, a new poll has come out indicating that lead has closed. Now, with less than three weeks before Election Day, the candidates appear to be exactly tied, with 47 percent support apiece among likely voters.
The economy is likely to play a large role again in tonight's event. Walker has been campaigning on his job creation record, arguing that his policies have added thousands of Wisconsinites to the ranks of the employed. Burke has argued that she can do better, and criticized the Governor's tax policies and opposition to raising the minimum wage.
Education has also been an emotional issue in races across the country this season, so expect a question about Walker's record on school funding. And a state controversy over a northern Wisconsin iron ore mine may spur heated discussion over campaign financing, among other issues.