Tegna’s Texas Stations to Livestream U.S. Senate Democratic Debate
KVUE, Tegna’s ABC affiliate in Austin, Texas (DMA 40), will host a live debate between the Texas Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. CT as part of KVUE’s Emmy-winning Vote Texas initiative.
The debate will also be streamed live across all 12 of Tegna’s Texas stations’ digital properties: WFAA Dallas, KHOU Houston, KENS San Antonio, KVUE-KCEN Waco-Temple, KAGS College Station, KYTX Tyler, KIII Corpus Christi, KBMT-KJAC Beaumont, KWES Odessa, KXVA Abilene and KIDY San Angelo. Tegna’s Texas stations cover 87% of the state.
“Our mission at KVUE is to make Austin better, and we have a responsibility to help educate voters on where the candidates stand on critical issues facing our community,” said Kristie Gonzales, KVUE president-GM. “KVUE is proud to partner with our Tegna station colleagues across Texas, the Texas Tribune and KUT to give voters access to the candidates.”
The March 3 statewide primary will determine the nominee who will face incumbent Republican Sen. John Cornyn in the November general election. Eleven of the 12 Democrats have been confirmed to participate in the debate. The candidates are: Former U.S. Representative Chris Bell, Michael Cooper, Amanda Edwards, Jack Daniel Foster, Annie “Mama” Garcia, Victor Harris, MJ Hegar, Sema Hernandez, Adrian Ocegueda, Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez, and State Sen. Royce West.
The debate will be moderated by KVUE political anchor Ashley Goudeau, along with Texas Tribune political reporter Patrick Svitek and KUT reporter Ashley Lopez.