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WATCH LIVE: Colorado governor’s debate

Watch Colorado’s gubernatorial candidates debate at 9:30 p.m. EDT (7:30 p.m. MDT) on Wednesday, Oct. 15, featuring incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and Bob Beauprez (R). Live stream courtesy KKTV 11 News.

The two candidates for Colorado governor will face off for the fifth time this election cycle at a debate on Wednesday in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper will meet Republican challenger Bob Beauprez at 9:30 p.m. EDT (7:30 p.m. MDT) on the campus of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

The Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Springs Business Journal and UCCS host. Don Ward, an anchor with KKTV 11 News, moderates.

Beauprez has consistently led in the polls, but a new poll from Quinnipiac University shows that Gov. Hickenlooper has substantially narrowed that gap in the last month.

Bob Beauprez (R), Gov. John Hickenlooper (D)

Bob Beauprez (R) and Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) are in a heated battle for the Colorado governor’s mansion. Images courtesy Wikimedia.

In light of these new numbers, tonight’s debate is sure to get heated. In past debates, the candidates have sparred over the usual suspects, including education and the economy, as well as issues more specific to the Rocky Mountain State: marijuana, domestic oil drilling, and a controversial statewide “personhood” ballot initiative. That measure would define life as beginning at conception, which would effectively ban abortion in the state. Both candidates oppose this proposed amendment, but Beauprez identifies as pro-life.

Colorado is also the site of one of this season’s most competitive Senate races between incumbent Sen. Mark Udall (D) and Rep. Cory Gardner (R).

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