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Republican gubernatorial candidates square off in first televised debate


The Michigan gubernatorial race is underway, as Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines all met on the same stage for the first televised debate of the election. The four Republican all made  made their case to voters why they should be the Republican nominee for Governor in November. 

The debate focused on a number of issues including the legalization of marijuana, the opioid crisis, environment issues, School Safety and Gun Control. For the most part, the candidates all walked along party lines, and shared similar political beliefs. However, the debate had a number of contentious moments between front runner Bill Schuette and Brian Calley especially when it came to the Flint Water Crisis.

Voters will head to the polls August 7th for the Governor primary. The winner will face a Democrat in November.