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The 2016 Granite State Debates

October 17, 2016

Chip Underhill
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7326

The 2016 Granite State Debates will be held in the auditorium of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. In advance of the election on November 8, the debates will span four days, beginning Tuesday, November 1, and continuing through Friday, November 4. Sponsored by WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union Leader, the debates will air live on WMUR-TV, and will stream live on and WMUR's mobile apps beginning at 7 p.m. each night.

A limited number of seats are available to the public for each debate. Those interested in sitting as a member of the live audience can register for the audience lottery. Selectees will be notified via email to confirm attendance no later than October 31.

Debate Broadcast Schedule

Tuesday, November 1
Gubernatorial candidates

Wednesday, November 2
U.S. Senate candidates

Thursday, November 3
1st Congressional District candidates

Friday, November 4
2nd Congressional District candidates

Saint Anselm College has been a proud host of the Granite State Debates for several election cycles. The New Hampshire Institute of Politics auditorium will be converted into a live television studio, and dozens of Kevin B. Harrington Student Ambassadors will support the production, assisting candidates and staff behind the scenes throughout debate week. Each night, up to 15 students will serve as candidate attendants, press assistants, ushers and runners.

The Granite State Debates conclude a busy election season at Saint Anselm. The college hosted two nationally televised presidential primary debates in partnership with ABC News during the winter of 2015-16.

Media advisory: Members of the media will be able to view the debates from a designated location in the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. There will be no access to the auditorium during the broadcast.

Story by Lauren Wanless '17

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