A debate in Mississippi's special election Senate race will be aired live on WTOK-TV, Oct. 3, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Former governor, Ronnie Musgrove, the Democratic nominee and Sen. Roger Wicker, the Republican nominee will face-off in the statewide debate from the Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson.
The format will be patterned after presidential debate formats. Panelists from television stations across the state will ask questions. The debate will be moderated by WLBT’s Maggie Wade Dixon.
The debate will be broadcast in other markets by WLBT Jackson, WTVA Tupelo, WABG Greenville, WDAM Hattiesburg, WLOX Biloxi, and WMC Memphis.
This is the first debate in Mississippi history to be televised live in every television market in the state. It is the only scheduled debate in this Senate race.
Each candidate will make a two-minute opening statement and a two-minute closing statement. A coin-toss before the debate determines the order. The winner of the coin-toss decides who opens first; the loser determines who closes first. Candidates will be allowed time for rebuttal to questions posed to his opponent.
The live audience will be divided into three groups, those invited by Musgrove, those invited by Wicker, and students/representatives from the Mississippi College School of Law. The groups invited by the candidates shall be equal in number.
Mississippi College School of Law students or representatives may submit questions, in writing, to the sponsors before the debate. If time permits, the moderator will read one or more of the submitted questions.