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Democratic Arizona gubernatorial candidates to debate Tuesday night

Arizona Democratic gubernatorial candidates, from left, Steve Farley, David Garcia and Kelly Fryer.

PHOENIX – The three Democratic candidates for Arizona governor were scheduled to take part in a debate Tuesday night in Scottsdale.

Felecia Rotellini, chair of the Arizona Democratic Party, will moderate the debate with Steve Farley, Kelly Fryer and David Garcia.

All free tickets for the event at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library auditorium have been distributed, but it will be livestreamed on Facebook starting at 5:50 p.m.

Our Revolution Valley of the Sun and Optimists Resist are hosting the debate.

Recent polling pegged Garcia, an education professor, as the clear-cut front-runner for the Aug. 28 primary.

A Data Orbital poll released last week showed 33 percent of likely Democratic voters preferring Garcia. Farley, a state senator, was the choice for 11 percent, and 5 percent went for Fryer, a nonprofit CEO and former minister.

However, there was plenty of room for the race to shift, with 49 percent saying they were undecided and 1 percent refusing to answer.

In another recent poll looking at potential general election races, Garcia held a slight head-to-head edge over Republican Gov. Doug Ducey 42-41 percent. The Gravis Marketing poll also showed Ducey ahead of Farley 41-39 percent in a head-to-head matchup.

Fryer was not included in that poll, which was conducted June 27 through July 2.

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