WRAL to host second U.S. Senate debate

Posted April 21, 2014

— WRAL News will hold a second debate this week for candidates running in North Carolina's Republican U.S. Senate primary. 

This second debate will feature four candidates who have lagged in the polls but have been actively campaigning over the past several months. 

Eight people are running for the GOP nomination to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan in this fall's election. Four candidates who demonstrated 10 percent or more support in recent public opinion surveys will square off during a live WRAL-TV broadcast at 7 p.m. Wednesday night.

The remaining candidates will meet on Thursday afternoon for a debate that will air on WRAL-TV and WILM-TV at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. WRAZ-TV Fox 50 will broadcast the second debate at 11 p.m. April 28. The candidates in the second debate are:

  • Ted Alexander, a former mayor of Shelby. 
  • Alex Bradshaw, of Icard, a researcher and computer programmer.
  • Edward Kryn, a doctor and native of Canada who now lives in Clayton.
  • Jim Snyder, a Lexington lawyer who has run three times for statewide office in the past decade, including as the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in 2004.

All four candidates have accepted WRAL News' invitation. 

"WRAL-TV is holding two debates so that viewers have an opportunity to get to know each of the eight candidates. We think this is a good service to our community as the Republican primary nears," WRAL Vice President and General Manager Steven D. Hammel said. 

WRAL News will make both debates available to other television stations via satellite and online at WRAL.com.


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  • LetsBeFair Apr 23, 2014

    Kay Hagan -- OBAMACARE SUPPORTER ...

  • Danny22 Apr 22, 2014

    All that matters is bringing Kay Hagan home. She has been a big FAIL for NC.

  • 50s Child Apr 21, 2014

    It is indeed a service to the community. Thanks, WRAL, for airing these debates.