Republican gubernatorial debate canceled in Knoxville

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Sunday night debate for the leading GOP governor’s candidates in Knoxville has been canceled.  

The cancellation comes after Randy Boyd, Beth Harwell and Diane Black dropped out.  

In a statement from Harwell’s campaign, Beth Fortune said “We think it’s important that all four candidates be present. We really need four candidates to be present for our participation since it’s the last debate and it’s just a few days before August 2.” 

An advisor to the Lee campaign said, “When we committed to this series of debates several months ago, we were glad to see that all three Grand Divisions were represented and included. It is unfortunate that the East Tennessee debate in Knoxville is under threat of cancellation. Bill plans on being there no matter what on July 22. If the other candidates decide they would rather be elsewhere, we will hold a campaign rally near the debate site instead on the same day.” 

Boyd announced on Friday he was pulling out of the debate due to a “scheduling conflict.”

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