Miami U to host final U.S. Senate GOP debate: Here’s how to watch

A candidate debate at Miami University tonight will give voters a look at the three Ohio Republicans running for U.S. Senate on the GOP primary election ballot.

State Sen. Matt Dolan of Chagrin Falls, Secretary of State Frank LaRose of Columbus, and Bernie Moreno, a businessman from Westlake, are scheduled to appear in the hour-long debate at 7 p.m. in the Gates-Abegglen Theatre in the Center for Performing Arts, 420 S. Patterson Ave., Oxford.

The debate moderator is Sheree Paolello, a television news anchor at WLWT-News 5. The debate will also be available via streaming on and through the WLWT and Very Local apps.

“We’ve hosted Democratic and Republican debates, primary debates, general election debates, and other politically oriented events throughout the years,” said John Forren, executive director of Miami’s Menard Family Center for Democracy. “All events are aimed at the same basic purpose: a chance to interact with public or government officials to talk about issues of public concern.”

This is the sixth televised debate at Miami, which last held a senate debate in April 2022.

“The timing of this debate will bring a lot of attention,” Forren said. “It’s the last time voters throughout the state will have a chance to hear from the candidates in a debate format. The Ohio senate seat is one of the races across the nation that is being watched very closely.”

The primary election in Ohio is March 19. The winner of the Republican primary will face U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who is unopposed in the Democratic Party primary.

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