News 8 Announces Series of Debates Ahead of November Election

WTNH-TV Will Feature Key Debates for Connecticut’s Biggest Races, Including the Final Debate Between Governor Ned Lamont (D) and Challenger Bob Stefanowski (R)

NEW HAVEN, CT (July 1, 2022) – News 8, the Nexstar Media Inc. television station serving Connecticut, announced today it will air a series of candidate debates ahead of November’s general election. The first debate will feature the Republican candidates running for the U.S. Senate, and the series will culminate with the final debate between Gubernatorial candidates Ned Lamont (D) and Bob Stefanowski (R) on Oct. 25, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Casino.
The first debate will take place on July 26 at 8 pm between Republicans Themis Klarides, Leora Levy and Peter Lumaj, and will be televised live from the News 8 Studio on WCTX and

This fall, News 8 will sponsor additional debates, including the gubernatorial debate scheduled for Oct. 25 at Mohegan Sun Casino, which will be jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

The debates are part of News 8’s comprehensive team coverage of the campaigns for Connecticut governor, U.S. Senate, and Congress. As part of this coverage, News 8 will continue a series of exclusive election-year voter surveys done in conjunction with The Hill and Emerson College Polling. The first of these surveys was released in May of this year and results can be seen at

“News 8 is committed to providing the most comprehensive political coverage this election season,” says Rich Graziano, Vice President and General Manager of WTNH and WCTX. “News 8 is proud to bring voters a series of key debates to help voters in our state make an educated decision this November These debates, along with Connecticut’s most experienced political team, make News 8 Your Local Election Headquarters.”

“This last debate of the campaign will be a critical moment in the 2022 gubernatorial race,” said Joe Delong, executive director of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. “The live television debate will take place in front of hundreds of municipal leaders who are eager to hear where the candidates stand on the crucial issues facing Connecticut this election year.”

All candidates who have received an average of at least 10% support in a professionally conducted nonpartisan poll will be invited to participate, regardless of party affiliation.

Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. To register to vote, please visit For more information regarding the upcoming elections, including early voting dates, polling locations and voter identification requirements, please visit—Voter-Information.


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