By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal
JACKSON – Mississippians across the state will have an opportunity Thursday night to see the gubernatorial candidates square off in a debate.
The debate, scheduled from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., is at the Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson and will be conducted by Jackson television station WLBT, an NBC affiliate.
The event will be carried by six other stations, including WTVA , the NBC affiliate in Tupelo.
Scheduled to participate in the debate are Republican candidates Phil Bryant, the incumbent lieutenant governor; Gulf Coast businessman Dave Dennis; Moss Point businessman Ron Williams; Pearl River County businessman/supervisor Hudson Holliday; and Byram Tea Party activist James Broadwater.
On the Democratic side the candidates will be Clarksdale attorney-businessman Bill Luckett and Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree.
The debate is significant because it will be carried essentially statewide.
In addition to the Jackson and Tupelo stations, television stations in Memphis, Greenville, the Gulf Coast, Laurel/Hattiesburg and Meridian will air the event.
The event takes on added weight because the candidates will be together on the same stage for a two-hour debate less than two weeks before the Aug. 2 primary elections.
The winner of the party primaries will advance to the November general election.
WHEN: Thursday, 7-9 p.m.
WHERE: Hosted by Mississippi College
School of Law, Jackson
WHO: Seven hopefuls will participate
WATCH: Televised by seven TV stations, including WTVA