Gubernatorial candidates Walter Dalton and Pat McCrory have agreed to two televised debates debates in October, with a twist.
They will be aired the same night as the first two presidential debates.
The N.C. Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation announced Thursday they had reached an agreement for two debates to broadcast live on state-wide TV and radio on Oct. 3 and 16 at 7 p.m. The one-hour debates will be broadcast the UNC-TV studio in the Research Triangle Park.
Those same nights, beginning at 9 p.m., Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney will hold one and half hour debates.
Industry officials said they thought that by holding the gubernatorial debates on the same nights as the presidential debates, they would attract a broader audience of public-minded citizens. But it is the first time it has been tried, and they risk the gubernatorial debates being overshadowed by the presidential debates or viewers deciding that two and half hours of debate is too much for one evening.