CARY, N.C. —
The race is already well underway for campaign 2024 with a pivotal general election a year from November.
The Republican governor's debate in Cary took place Tuesday and three of five Republican candidates in the competitive field took the stage.
Current state treasurer Dale Folwell, former Congressman Mark Walker, and former Health Plan CEO Jesse Thomas went head-to-head on hot topics.
Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson has been polling better than other Republican candidates since former President Donald Trump promised to endorse him earlier this year in Greensboro.
Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson was not in attendance, and neither was former State Senator Andy Wells, who plans to join the next debate on Wednesday.
That gave the other candidates a chance to make their mark. This evening, the others met at this country club in Cary to debate 8 key topics – including how to fight crime and reform our criminal justice system. Here's the full video of the debate:
The debate was hosted by the Wake County GOP. They took a straw poll of who won – and plan to announce the winner on their social media on the morning of Sept. 13.
There is also a new Democrat in the race. Former NC Supreme Court Justice Mike Morgan will run against current state Attorney General Josh Stien. We’re working on finding out if they will also have a debate before the election.
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