GOP candidates for governor in countdown to debate

SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson talks about what's at stake in the upcoming Republican debate among those vying to be the next governor of Texas.

By BJ Austin

In just four days the three Republican candidates for Governor will square off in their first face-to-face debate. KERA and its media partners are producing the live, televised debate which will take place before an audience gathered on the University of North Texas campus. KERA's BJ Austin takes a look at the performance each candidate is hoping to deliver.

SMU Political scientist Cal Jillson says being face to face with your primary campaign opponents will be a different experience.

Jillson: Candidates often campaign by going where they want to go - to talk to the audience they want to talk to. This is an opportunity for the entire electorate to hear them, and to hear them challenged by journalists and by each other.

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