The Atlanta Press Club’s Loudermilk-Young Debate Series is back this October to host the general election debates for U.S. Senate, House, and Public Service Commission races on the November ballot.
Partnering with Georgia Public Broadcasting for the debate series, streams (and recordings) will be available online at www.fb.com/TheAtlantaPressClub. They will also air on GPB-TV per the schedule listed below.
The series kicks off on Monday, October 12th first with the contested Congressional races in districts 5, 9, and 14 – with Republican candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene still invited though her Democratic opponent dropped out this week. Later that day we will get our first look at one of the most highly anticipated debates on the schedule, that between U.S. Sen. David Perdue and his Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff. You may be familiar with that race if you’ve watched TV or received any mail in recent weeks, the big-money race is one to watch.
The following day, Tuesday, October 13th, will feature the two Public Service Commission races on the docket as well as Congressional debates for districts 6 and 7 – each considered to be among the closest Congressional contests in the nation.
A week later, Monday, October 19th, will see the main event – the debate for the special-election free-for-all for Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s seat, featuring all candidates in the race who are polling at above 3%. With 21 candidates running in total, it’s unclear exactly how many will clear that hurdle, but to be safe there are two separate debate slots reserved to make sure as many candidates as possible can be accommodated.
While Democrats will surely want to hear from Rev. Raphael Warnock and upstart Matt Lieberman, their top two candidates in the race, most eyes will be on Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins, who have been at each others’ throats throughout the Summer and will likely take aim at one another in the debates.
See the full debate schedule below: