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How to watch the Tudor Dixon, Gretchen Whitmer second debate on Oct. 25

Tudor Dixon and Gretchen Whitmer at first debate
Michigan’s gubernatorial candidates will face each other in a final debate on Tuesday, Oct. 25. (Bryan Esler/WOOD TV8)

Oct. 25: Michigan governor final debate: Fact checking Tudor Dixon-Gretchen Whitmer

Michigan’s gubernatorial candidates Republican Tudor Dixon and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will meet for a final debate on Oct. 25. 

The candidates will meet at Oakland University in Rochester next Tuesday at 7 p.m. The general election is on Nov. 8.


Here is what to know about the debate:

How do you watch it?

Multiple channels throughout lower Michigan will televise the debate. It will be live-streamed on Bridge Michigan.


The debate is hosted by Oakland University’s Center for Civic Engagement, WXYZ-TV, WXMI-TV and WSYM-TV.

What to expect from the debates?

The debate will last one hour and is moderated by Chuck Stokes of WXYZ, Elle Meyers of WSYM and Doug Reardon of WXMI. 

This is the candidates’ second televised debate, but the first that will be broadcasted statewide. The first debate took place Oct. 13 in Grand Rapids but wasn’t televised in the state’s largest market, delivering a blow to Dixon, who trails in the polls and welcomed the exposure. 

What was argued in the first debate?

The candidates discussed their stances on abortion, public safety spending, the 2020 presidential election results and guns in schools. 

You can read Bridge Michigan’s fact-check of the first debate here


What about the other statewide candidates?

The other candidates for Michigan executive offices could not agree to debates.

Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel refuses to debate Republican challenger Matthew DePerno because the state is investigating him for criminal charges involving tampering with voting equipment. 

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, agreed to debate challenger Kristina Karamo on PBS, but Karamo disagreed because she wanted a Republican-leaning co-moderator.

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