Date Finalized for 2018 Iowa Gubernatorial Debate in Davenport

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(KWQC) - Incumbent Republican Governor Kim Reynolds and Democratic challenger Fred Hubbell have accepted and agreed upon three debates across the state of Iowa, including one that will be broadcast live from the KWQC-TV6 studios.

The debate will be held Sunday, October 21st, from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m, ahead of Election Day, November 6th.

Our station is partnering with KCRG-TV out of Cedar Rapids and the Quad City Times on this endeavor.

KWQC-TV6 Evening Anchor, David Nelson, will moderate the debate.
More details on panelists and format for the debate will be released as the date gets closer.

“As a trusted local news organization we want our viewers to feel knowledgeable about the issues, familiar with the candidates, confident in their decisions and, ultimately, empowered to exercise their right to vote in November," Susan Ramsett, KWQC Vice President & General Manager said. “That’s why we remained committed to securing this live debate and making it available to viewers over-the-air and across our digital platforms.”

In addition to the live broadcast on October 21st, the debate will stream live on and the KWQC News App. It will also be offered to other stations KWQC works closely with across the state of Iowa.

The criteria for an invitation to debate includes candidates who have raised a minimum of $250,000 and/or show at least 10% voter support statewide in the Des Moines Register/Mediacom Poll, conducted by Selzer and Co. before the scheduled debate. At this time, Reynolds and Hubbell are the only two candidates meeting that criteria.

Reynolds and Hubbell also accepted invitations to debates in Des Moines and Sioux City.

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