Sep 13, 2011- Debate Night in West Virginia

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

The candidates in the special election for West Virginia governor will debate on air live tonight.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) and Bill Maloney (R) will face off live on television tonight in the second debate of West Virginia's gubernatorial campaign.

The debate is sponsored and organized by the West Virginia Broadcasters Association.

During the first debate, which was not televised and held in the northern panhandle, local reports show the candidates made headlines for comments on pre-employment drug testing of teachers when Maloney endorsed it, and Tomblin said he wasn't entirely opposed to it. The candidates' campaigns later backed off those statements.  

Our coverage plan tonight:

At 6 p.m., I'll be live with the debate's moderator, Hoppy Kercheval, for a preview of what we can expect tonight.

At 7 p.m., the debate will air live on My Z as well as stream live on Jessica Ralston will sit down with political analyst George Manahan just before and after the debate.

At 10 p.m. on My Z and 11 p.m. on WSAZ, I'll have highlights of the debate along with post-debate reaction and analysis.

Jessica and I will also be tweeting throughout the debate. You can follow us @hylandwsaz and @JessicaRalston.

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