Diehl, Warren to hold Senate debate in western Mass. 

Staff Writer
Published: 10/5/2018 11:56:27 PM

SPRINGFIELD – The battle for a seat in the U.S. Senate is coming to western Massachusetts.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and her challenger, state Rep. Geoff Diehl, R-Whitman, will have a public debate at WGBY-TV in Springfield on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. Carrie Saldo, host and producer of WGBY’s “Connecting Point,” will host the debate, the only one scheduled for the area.

Diehl, who represents the 7th Plymouth District and a Trump supporter, won a three-way race in the Republican primary in September. Warren went unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Although Warren recently stated a Holyoke town hall on Saturday that after the midterm elections she would “take a hard look at running for president,” she’s still in the Senate race.

A recent poll completed by MassINC Polling Group for WBUR found that Warren is leading with 56 percent of the vote, while Diehl had 30 percent and the remaining voters were undecided or voting for independent candidate Shiva Ayyadurai. 

The event is hosted by the Springfield Public Forum, an 80-year-old group that organizes free discussions for the community, along with Western Massachusetts Media Consortium.  

Starting on Oct. 15, 55 free tickets for the event are available to the public at The Republican newspaper office, 1860 Main Street, Springfield. The event will also be broadcast live from 7 to 8 p.m. on WGBY-TV, CW Springfield and New England Public Radio. The public can submit questions for the candidates on MassLive’s website at http://s.masslive.com/Snl6d4K from now until Oct. 10. 

Greta Jochem can be reached at gjochem@gazettenet.com

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