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Kevin Yoder and Sharice Davids to hold first and only debate in Kansas House race

Health care takes center stage with Sharice Davids and Kevin Yoder

Democrat Sharice Davids and Kansas 3rd District incumbent Kevin Yoder, a Republican, square off on health care, which is center stage in their race.
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Democrat Sharice Davids and Kansas 3rd District incumbent Kevin Yoder, a Republican, square off on health care, which is center stage in their race.

A much-anticipated debate between U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder and Sharice Davids is now set for Tuesday at 3:45 p.m.

The four-term Republican congressman will face Davids, who has never held public office. Both campaigns agreed to the debate after days of negotiations.

It will be held at the studios of WDAF-TV, which is co-sponsoring the debate, along with the Star and KCPT-TV.

The debate comes at a critical moment in the campaign. The candidates are competing in Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District, battling for one of the seats considered essential for party control of the House. This is their first debate, and likely their last.

Independent polls have shown Davids, the Democrat, with a lead in the race.

The one-hour debate can be watched on The Star’s Facebook page, WDAF’s Facebook page, and WDAF’s website, beginning at 3:45 p.m. The public will not be admitted to the studio.

Questions will come from panelists John Holt and Dhomonique Ricks of WDAF, Jason Hancock of The Star and Nick Haines of KCPT. They’re expected to ask questions about the economy, public safety, health care and the tone of the campaign. Viewers can submit questions on The Star’s Facebook page as well.

While early voting has started in the race, most voters will cast ballots Nov. 6.

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