2nd Texas Gubernatorial Debate tonight on KTRE

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The three Republican candidates vying for their party's spot on the Gubernatorial ticket next fall will meet for their second debate Friday night.

You can watch the debate live beginning at 7 on KTRE-TV, ABC's "Super Nanny" will be pre-empted.  KTRE will also provide a link to a live stream of the debate on KTRE.com.  And, you can get a complete summary of the debate on the East Texas News at 10.

The debate is hosted by WFAA and assisted by the Texas Association of Broadcasters.

Incumbent Governor Rick Perry, the senior Senator from Texas Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Wharton County Republican chair Debra Medina will be on the panel.

Watch the debate and then take our web poll here at KTRE.com to tell us who you think won.  We also invite you to share your comments about the debate on the comments section of the story "Texas Gubernatorial candidates square off in 2nd debate."

The race between Perry and Hutchison has been anticipated since 2006, when Hutchison first contemplated a run for the governor's seat, but decided to continue serving in Washington.  Her decision left the door open for Perry to win re-election hands down with 39% of the vote over three other opponents.

Analysts say Medina is a distant third with little realistic hope of pulling off an upset, however, her recent boost of momentum since Jan. 14th debate has increased her credibility (and some say support) and that could force Perry and Hutchison into a runoff after the March 2 primary.

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