Candidate debate unlikely in Alabama high profile races as primary day nears

Published 10:22 am Sunday, May 15, 2022

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By PAUL DEMARCO | Guest Columnist

Alabama voters are trying to sort out who they are going to support in the next four weeks as we approach the upcoming primary elections in our state.

The two high profile races in the state are that for Governor and the United States Senate.

Usually, by this late in the campaigns, we would see a debate on a stage to allow the voters to evaluate the candidates to determine who they will get behind.

But both front runners in these two races have made it clear they do not intend to participate in any debates as we approach election day.

Neither Governor Kay Ivey nor Mike Durant who have the lead in their respective elections according to polling must believe a debate with their opponents is not the right move. The other candidates asked for a debate with the front runners but it does not appear it will happen.

As we approach the finish line for the Republican Primary, the lack of debates should not surprise us as we have seen it in the past.

We will see if voters care either as the May 24 election day is upon us.

Paul DeMarco is a former member of the Alabama House of Representatives.