Election 2018

The complete guide to Pennsylvania’s midterm debates

There are just a handful between now and the election.


Update Oct. 9

Five weeks remain until Election Day 2018.

Registered to vote? You know the deadline is Oct. 9, right? If you’re already registered, maybe double check your info real quick, just in case.

OK, good. Now you can get ready to cast your ballot. One way to do that is by watching debates. The selection is somewhat limited this year, so consult this list to make sure you don’t miss a second of the fun.

Are we missing a debate or forum? Let us know


This is the one and only gubernatorial debate, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican Scott Wagner will be questioned by the king of questions, Jeopardy host Alex Trebek. Yes, seriously.

When: Monday, Oct. 1, 8:15 p.m.

How to watch: PCN, the cable channel, will air the debate live on TV and on its website. Other news stations will have the option to broadcast the debate live.

(Read a recap here.)

Lieutenant governor

There’s also only one debate scheduled between the candidates for lieutenant governor, Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Jeff Bartos. Channel 11 Morning News anchor Katherine Amenta will serve as moderator.

When: Sat., Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.

How to watch: Live on WPXI.


The will be two debates between Sen. Bob Casey and Rep. Lou Barletta.

One will take place in Philadelphia.

When: Saturday, Oct. 20

How to watch: On WPVI

The other in Pittsburgh, moderated by KDKA-TV’s Ken Rice, Jon Delano, and Lynne Hayes-Freeland.

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26

How to watch: On KDKA-TV

Second Congressional District

There are no scheduled debates between Democrat Rep. Brendan Boyle and his Republican challenger David Torres, according to the latter candidate.

Third Congressional District

There are no scheduled debates between Democrat Rep. Dwight Evans and his Republican challenger Bryan Leib, according to the latter candidate. Leib said via text his requests for a debate have been “ignored.”

Fifth Congressional District

Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon and Republican Pearl Kim are scheduled to participate in a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters.

When: Oct. 25, 7 p.m.

How to watch: Attend in person at Delaware County Community College, 901 S. Media Line Road, Media

General Assembly

Billy Penn was unable to identify any scheduled debates for contested General Assembly seats.

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