Debate Dem's Primary Debates Come Early and Often This Year By Robbie Harris • Jun 25, 2019 It’s not just the winter holiday season that seems to come earlier and earlier. Now it’s that American electoral exercise, known as primary season. This time is different. First Gubernatorial Debate Does Not Include Libertarian Candidate By Michael Pope • Jul 24, 2017 Michael Pope The first of three debates for governor is scheduled for this weekend, when Democrat Ralph Northam will square off with Republican Ed Gillespie at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs. But there’s one candidate who’s not invited to the party.