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The Charlotte Observer and news partner, WBTV, hosted a debate with the leading candidates for mayor. Early voting for the primary continues through Sept. 9. The election is Sept. 12.
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The Charlotte Observer and news partner, WBTV, hosted a debate with the leading candidates for mayor. Early voting for the primary continues through Sept. 9. The election is Sept. 12.

The Charlotte Observer and our news partner, WBTV, are hosting a debate 7-8 p.m. tonight with the leading candidates for mayor. The debate, sponsored by Duke Energy, will air live on WBTV Channel 3.

The debate features Democrats Joel Ford, Vi Lyles and incumbent Jennifer Roberts, followed by questions for Republican candidate Kenny Smith. The debate includes candidates who filed the last two campaign finance reports.

Watch it live here:

Early voting for the primary continues through Sept. 9. The election is Sept. 12.

A candidate needs 40 percent of the vote to win. If no one hits that, there will be a runoff on Oct. 10.

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