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Debate Schedule
Attorney General (GOP)

Thursday May 1, 8:00 p.m. MT/PT
  C.T. "Chris" Troupis
  Lawrence Wasden (i)

State Controller (GOP)

Friday, May 2, 8:00 p.m. MT/PT
  Todd Hatfield
  Brandon Woolf (i)

State Treasurer (Democrat)

Friday, May 2, 8:30 p.m. MT/PT
  Deborah Silver
  W. Lane Startin

Supt. of Public Instruction (GOP)

Thursday May 8, 8:00 p.m. MT/PT
  John Eynon
  Andy Grover
  Randy Jensen
  Sherri Ybarra

Idaho Supreme Court (*)

Friday May 9, 8:00 p.m. MT/PT
  Joel Horton (i)
  Breck Seiniger

Lt. Governor (GOP)

Friday May 9, 8:30 p.m. MT/PT
  Jim Chmelik
  Brad Little (i)

2nd Congressional Dist. (GOP)

Sunday, May 11, 7:00 p.m. MT/PT
  Mike Simpson (i)
  Bryan Smith

Secretary of State (GOP)

Tuesday May 13, 7:00 p.m. MT/PT
  Lawerence Denney
  Evan Frasure
  Phil McGrane
  Mitch Toryanski

Governor (GOP)

Wednesday May 14, 8:00 p.m. MT/PT
  Walt Bayes
  Harley Brown
  Russ Fulcher
  C. L. "Butch" Otter (i)


(i) indicates Incumbent
(*) indicates non-partisan race; results in this Supreme Court race are final.

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Archived Debates

The Idaho Debates

For more than three decades, Idaho Public Television has been Idaho's ‘station of record’ for candidate debates. Ahead of the May 20 primary election, we continue that tradition with debates for statewide and federal offices.

Starting May 1 and running through May 14, Idaho Public Television will host and broadcast public debates for one federal and eight state primary election contests. All debates will take place at the IdahoPTV studio in Boise.

NOTE: Because we currently lack the ability to close caption a live online (non-broadcast) video stream, online video of each debate will not be available until after we have access to the archive files.

Rules & Criteria

Each election cycle the Idaho Debates partners — Idaho Press Club, League of Women Voters, and Idaho Public Television — establish criteria for participation and a standard format for the debate itself. These Rules & Criteria are sent to all candidates. View the Rules & Criteria.


Partners in The Idaho Debates include the League of Women Voters, the Idaho Press Club, Idaho Public Television, The Associated Press, Boise State Public Radio, the Newspaper Association of Idaho, the Idaho State Broadcasters Association, The Idaho Statesman, KBOI-TV and KIVI-TV.

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