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Fox News to host GOP primary debate in Morgantown

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Fox News Channel plans to stage a Republican primary debate for U.S. Senate candidates in Morgantown, the network announced Thursday.

Anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum will co-moderate the debate May 1 at the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The debate will include any candidate who polls above a 10-percent threshold in the Fox News poll set to be released next week. The event kicks off a Fox News series called “America’s Election Headquarters 2018” leading up to the midterms.

A separate U.S. Senate debate is slated for Monday at Wheeling Jesuit University’s Troy Theater. starting at 6:30 p.m.

That 90-minute debate, sponsored by The Intelligencer and Wheeling News Register, will air live statewide on West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s main channel as will be streamed at

Participating candidates in the Wheeling debate include:

— U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins
— West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
— Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship
— West Virginia National Guard Maj. Tom Willis
— Former coal miner Bo Copley
— U.S. Navy veteran Jack Newbrough

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