Gardner, Hickenlooper agree to Oct. 9 Senate debate hosted by Denver7, The Denver Post, CPR News

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DENVER – U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and John Hickenlooper, his Democratic challenger, have agreed to participate in a second debate in October – this one hosted by Denver7, The Denver Post and Colorado Public Radio News.

The Friday, Oct. 9 debate is the second the pair have agreed to, in addition to one Oct. 2 hosted by the Pueblo Chieftain.

The debate will be hosted live in the Denver7 studios on Oct. 9 – the day ballots are mailed out in Colorado – starting at 5 p.m., but there will be no in-person audience.

The debate will run from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Denver7 will air the first hour over-the-air, with the last half-hour on our website, social media pages and streaming apps on Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

It will also air on CPR News in full and on The Denver Post’s website.

Both campaigns have challenged one another to a series of debates, but the sides have been unable to agree on most of them so far.

The Colorado U.S. Senate race is among the most closely-watched races in the country this year as Republicans work to keep their Senate majority and Democrats try to retain their House majority and win back the Senate.