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MD Gov slideshow.GIFMaryland's two leading candidates for governor have agreed to a debate to be hosted Thursday by Washington Post Live and two media partners, WAMU 88.5 and WUSA Channel 9.

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) will face off at noon in front of an audience in the auditorium of The Washington Post in the District.

The debate will be streamed live on www.washingtonpostlive.com and WUSA9.com.

WUSA Channel 9, Washington's CBS affiliate, will broadcast the debate live and rebroadcast it at 7 p.m. on its digital channel. WAMU 88.5 FM, a National Public Radio affiliate, will broadcast the debate at 8 p.m.

Expected topics include job creation, education, transportation, the environment and issues of special importance to the Washington region.

It will be the second debate in a week for the two rivals. Ehrlich and O'Malley squared off Monday in the studios of WJZ, the CBS affiliate in Baltimore. That debate was taped in the morning and is scheduled to air at 7 p.m.

Two radio debates are also scheduled next week.

On Oct. 21, both candidates are booked to appear on a talk show hosted by Larry Young on WOLB-AM radio in Baltimore. Young is a former Democratic state senator from Baltimore.

And on Oct. 22, O'Malley and Ehrlich have agreed to a debate on WTOP radio in Washington.

The heavily Democratic Washington suburbs are crucial to the bids of both candidates for governor. O'Malley is seeking to bolster turnout in Prince George's County, where President Obama appeared with him at a rally Thursday. Ehrlich is seeking to improve his performance in Montgomery, which has significant numbers of independents and Republicans despite its reputation as a Democratic bastion.

Tickets for The Post debate are free but must be obtained in advance. They are available by registering online at www.washingtonpostlive.com. Seating availability is limited.

By John Wagner  | October 11, 2010; 12:52 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, John Wagner  
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Comments

Well thats certainly magnanimous of O'Malley to agree to more debates. Ehrlich must be pretty desperate considering how poorly he did in the first one.

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 12, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Marilyn, Ehrlich did terrible in yesterdays debate. He did so bad he might as well drop out the race and concend the election now!

Posted by: bobby20 | October 12, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

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