WTMJ-TV announced qualifying candidates in the Dem U.S. Senate and GOP gubernatorial primaries have committed to televised summer debates.

Meanwhile, the Milwaukee station announced NBC News Political Director and “Meet the Press”‘ host Chuck Todd will help moderate the Dem U.S. Senate primary debate July 17.

The candidates who have qualified and committed to the Dem Senate primary debate are: Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes; state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski; Alex Lasry, on leave from the Milwaukee Bucks; and Outagamie County Exec Tom Nelson.

Along with Todd, WMTJ-TV’s Charles Benson and Shannon Sims will moderate the debate at Marquette University next month.

Benson and Sims will moderate the GOP guv primary debate July 24 at Marquette. The candidates who have qualified and committed are: former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch; businessman Tim Michels; former Marine and U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson; and state Rep. Tim Ramthun.

Along with WTMJ-TV and Marquette University, WisPolitics.com, WTMJ-AM and the Milwaukee Business Journal are organizing the debates, which are to be broadcast statewide.

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