Five candidates vying for a seat in Washington will face-off Thursday evening.
Iowa Public Television is hosting the Republican Senate primary debate at 7 p.m. in Johnston.
The 90-minute live televised debate is the first test of its kind for the candidates. An added pressure, it’s just six weeks until primary night.
This will be a great opportunity for all of these candidates and there’s no question that these will be the hottest lights they will be under throughout the whole campaign,” Gov. Branstad’s communication director Tim Albrecht says.
This isn’t just a contest of beating one other person. There are five candidates trying to outdo the rest in this high pressure, high stakes live debate.
But the Republican strategist thinks the way this race has played out so far, two candidates may get a lot of the attention.
“Mark Jacobs and Joni Ernst have emerged as kind of the two front runners so I imagine the other candidates are going to want to make their case and I do believe they will offer a contrast. So Jacob and Ernst are going to have to be ready,” Albrecht added.
Sam Clovis, Scott Schaben and Matt Whitaker are the other three candidates.
Rep. Bruce Braley is the democratic nominee for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Harkin.