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Montana State University Billings and The Billings Gazette will host three candidate debates beginning next week.

Billings Democrat Kim Gillan and Bozeman Republican Steve Daines, candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, will debate at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Petro Theatre.

Both are vying for Montana’s lone congressional seat. Denny Rehberg is vacating the post to run for the U.S. Senate.

The Senate debate on Oct. 8 begins at 7 p.m. and will feature Republican challenger Rehberg and incumbent Democratic Sen. Jon Tester. That debate will also be televised live by Montana PBS.

The last debate by statewide candidates will be the gubernatorial debate on Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. That event features Democratic Attorney General Steve Bullock and Republican former U.S. Rep. Rick Hill.

Each hourlong debate will be at Petro Theatre at the MSU Billings university campus just off of Rimrock Road and Poly Drive. Admission to the debates is free, and each will be broadcast on KEMC/Yellowstone Public Radio and streamed on the Gazette’s website.

All debates will be moderated by Steve Prosinski, editor of The Gazette, with questions from a panel of political reporters. Representatives from the Associated Students of Montana State University Billings, the student government, will serve as timekeepers.

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