First Warner-Tennant debate scheduled for Thursday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Secretary of State Mac Warner and former Secretary of State Natalie Tennant will take part in the first of three debates on Thursday.

WVVA-TV is hosting the debate.

Warner, a Republican, is running for his second term in office. Tennant, the Democrat in the contest, previously served as secretary of state from January 2009 to January 2017.

Tennant has not been shy about her opposition to Warner’s handling of the job; she criticized Warner on Tuesday for the online absentee ballot request portal not functioning properly. The website was down until after 4:30 p.m.

Other debates between Warner and Tennant are also scheduled for Sept. 10 and Oct. 15.

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