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Democratic candidates for governor debate tonight

The three Democratic candidates for governor will all meet for their second televised debate Monday night on Maryland Public Television and WBAL-TV, giving voters their final opportunity to see them confront each other on television.

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur will go on at 7 p.m. in a debate hosted by MPT's Jeff Salkin.

The three met last month in a televised debate at the University of Maryland College Park in an exchange that included lively confrontations between Brown and Gansler while Mizeur largely stayed above the fray.

Last week, Gansler and Mizeur made a televised joint appearance on Fox 45 in Baltimore. Brown, who did not accept an invitation to that event, was represented by an empty podium.

The three are scheduled to have one more debate, on Larry Young's WOLB-AM radio show Thursday, but there are no plans for television coverage of that event. That debate will be aired between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on WOLB 1010-AM, WWIN 1400-AM and Washington's WOL 1450-AM.

The four Republican candidates for governor were also debating Monday, but viewers will not get to see their exchange until Friday. Harford County Executive David R. Craig, former Ehrlich administration official Larry Hogan, Anne Arundel Del. Ron George and Charles County conservative activist Charles Lollar were meeting in their second television debate. It will be aired Friday at 7 p.m. on MPT and WBAL. Plans to broadcast the event Wednesday were canceled.

The GOP candidates previously debated on television Saturday night in Salisbury, but the event produced no memorable exchanges as the candidates refrained from criticizing each other.

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