UPDATED: A preliminary debate schedule for the Democratic gubernatorial primary is taking shape.
The Democratic candidates for governor are likely to face off at least four times, including three debates in a three-day stretch at the start of early voting.
So far the candidates are tentatively planning to attend these televised debates: April 17 on UNC-TV, aired statewide; April 18 on WNCN-TV (NBC 17) in Raleigh; and April 19 on WRAL-TV in Raleigh. The capital city's ABC affiliate station (WTVD-TV) is still finalizing its date for a debate, sometime between March 21 and April 11, but multiple candidates said they would attend.
The back-to- back dates are designed to give voters a look at the candidates before early voting begins April 19. The campaigns said the schedule may change and other debates are possible and as they juggle numerous requests.