Hagan, Neal To Participate In March 28 Debate

The two leading Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate have agreed to a debate in two weeks.

State Sen. Kay Hagan of Greensboro and corporate financial adviser Jim Neal of Chapel Hill both say they will attend the March 28 forum. Their campaigns said the event at Craven Community College will be organized by the League of Women Voters and several public radio stations in eastern North Carolina.

Neal said in a news release the debate will be broadcast on radio stations statewide. He wants Hagan to agree to participate in six debates across the state before the May 6 primary. Hagan's campaign said she's interested in a debate that would focus on issues of particular interest to black residents.

Neal and Hagan are among five Democratic candidates running for the party's nomination. The winner likely will take on Republican incumbent Elizabeth Dole in November.

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