Televised 5th District Debate Wednesday Night

Update Wednesday 5:30 p.m.:

Danville, VA - The first 5th District Congressional debate starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Incumbent Congressman Robert Hurt and John Douglass are squaring off at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville.

We should be able to see more definite distinctions between the two candidates.

The moderator for this debate is Bob Gibson with the Sorensen Institute. He says to expect healthcare and domestic and foreign policy to be brought up. Gibson also suspects the candidates will discuss uranium mining.

The panel for the debate will include ABC 13's Len Stevens, Tiffany Holland with the Danville Register and Bee, and Sharon Gregory with WVIR in Charlottesville. They have planned out several questions for this debate.

While everyone can agree we do not know exactly what to expect, the one thing that is certain is that the audience and viewers should be able to finally see the differences between the two candidates.

"I expect them to be civil with each other. I expect them to draw some strong distinctions between each other. And I expect each of them to have a large base of voters here to view the debate," said Gibson.

Watch the debate stream live here.


Danville, VA - The Republican and Democratic candidates for Congress in the 5th District of Virginia will debate Wednesday night live on ABC 13 News. Incumbent Robert Hurt and his Democratic challenger John Douglass will meet at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville.

It airs live on WSET and also WVIR NBC29 in Charlottesville. The one hour debate begins at 7 p.m. and it is open to the public.

It is sponsored by the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. Sorensen Executive Director Bob Gibson will serve as moderator and questions will also come from panelists Len Stevens of WSET, Sharon Gregory of WVIR and Tiffany Holland of the Danville Register and Bee.

You can watch the debate live streaming here.