Maine gov. candidates to square off in final debate

Staff Writer
Portsmouth Herald
Maine gubernatorial candidates Independent Eliot Cutler, left, incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage, center, and Democrat Mike Michaud participate in a debate in Portland, Maine. The three will will meet Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Auburn for their final televised debate. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The three Maine gubernatorial candidates are squaring off in what's expected to be their final debate before the November election.

The debate between Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler will air live at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at WMTW-TV in Portland at 7 p.m. and WABI-TV in Bangor. It's being held in WMTW's studio in Auburn.

The candidates in the hotly contested race have participated in four debates so far, including two televised debates.

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network is airing a statewide gubernatorial debate live on Thursday night, but it's likely that Cutler will be the only one there. MPBN says that LePage has declined to participate and Michaud told the station that he wouldn't join unless the governor was there.