WATCH LIVE: Kansas gubernatorial debate


Kansas incumbent Governor Sam Brownback debates Democratic challenger Paul Davis live from Wichita at 1:40 p.m. EDT/12:40 p.m. CDT today. Join PBS NewsHour and KPTS for a special screening of this event, and chat with fellow viewers and the NewsHour politics team, here.

The last debate of Kansas' hotly-contested gubernatorial race broadcasts live from Wichita this afternoon.

Incumbent Republican Governor Sam Brownback faces off against Democratic challenger Paul Davis on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 1:40 p.m. EDT. The Kansas Association of Broadcasters hosts the lunchtime event as part of their annual meeting.

Through a partnership between PBS NewsHour and KPTS, the Kansas Public Telecommunications Service, citizens across the country will be able to watch together and share their thoughts in real time in a live, online screening of the event.

Citizens are invited to share their views in a live chat online with PBS NewsHour's senior producer Domenico Montanaro and reporter/editor Lisa Desjardins.

They will be joined by two other journalists who will provide expert analysis throughout the screening, Jim Grawe of KPTS and Stephen Koranda, KPR's Statehouse Bureau Chief.

Join the viewing and participate in the conversation live here: http://bit.ly/KansGovDebate.

Left: Kansas incumbent Governor Sam Brownback. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Right: Democratic challenger Paul Davis. Photo from Davis campaign.

Incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback's is running a surprisingly challenging re-election bid in deep-red Kansas. Critics on both the left and the right have attacked his tax cut programs, saying they led to budget shortages that impacted schools and roads.

NewsHour Weekend reported in September that 100 Republican lawmakers endorsed Gov. Brownback's opponent, Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis, in light of this policy. Watch that report below:

At today's debate, Gov. Brownback will have to assure voters that his tax "experiment," as he has called it, will yield fruit in due time. Davis will have to convince moderate Republicans that he is the man to balance the budget.

At a debate yesterday, same-sex marriage took center stage, with the social conservative Governor vowing to defend Kansas' ban against court challenges. Education funding has also been a sticking point during this campaign, and will likely come into play today as the two candidates hammer home their messages in the final two weeks till Election Day.

Join the NewsHour team in watching this debate play out live, at http://bit.ly/KansGovDebate.

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