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New Mexico candidates prepare for debates

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ALBUQUERQUE, (AP) — New Mexico’s gubernatorial candidates will be sparring in a series of televised debates ahead of the November election.

Republican Steve Pearce confirmed Tuesday that he has accepted invitations from New Mexico’s three major network affiliates as well as the Public Broadcasting Service to debate his opponent this fall.

The debates will be held in September and October.

Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign says she will participate in at least three of the televised debates along with forums sponsored by the League of Women Voters and other groups.

Pearce said voters deserve to hear firsthand from the candidates on the issues facing New Mexico before going to the polls.

Pearce and Lujan Grisham are vying to replace Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, whose second term concludes at the end of the year.