Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd has dropped out of the Republican governors debate, set for July 22 in Knoxville.
Boyd said he will not be able to attend the debate due to a scheduling conflict.
“We just had a scheduling conflict. I don’t do the schedule so I couldn’t tell you when it came up, but we’ve had a scheduling conflict,” Boyd told a reporter with WJHL-TV. “We’re the only candidate that’s done all 18 debates. And by the way, this last debate is going to be almost 10 days after early voting started, so half the people have already voted. We’re going to be out visiting with voters and working the crowds.”
The debates are scheduled to take place on July 22 at Pellissippi State Community College. A debate between Democratic candidates Karl Dean and Craig Fitzhugh will begin at 8 p.m., followed by the Republican debate between Beth Harwell, Bill Lee and Diane Black at 9 p.m. A 30-minute post-debate show will follow each debate.
Tennesseans can watch the candidates square off on Nexstar stations WKRN-TV in Nashville (ABC), WATE-TV in Knoxville (ABC), WJHL-TV in Johnson City (CBS/ABC), WATN-TV in Memphis (ABC), WJKT-TV in Jackson (FOX) and WZDX-TV in Huntsville, Ala. (FOX). WFLI -TV in Chattanooga (CW) will also carry this debate, along with radio stations and Spanish language television stations across the state.