Northam, Gillespie face off in 2nd debate

WASHINGTON — The governor’s race between Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and his Republican opponent Ed Gillespie has gotten tight, and voters’ eyes were on both contenders during Tuesday night’s debate.

The two sparred at Capitol One’s headquarters in Northern Virginia.

It’s the second of three debates and is hosted by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

Virginia is one of only two states electing governors in 2017. And the race is getting national attention as a potential early referendum on President Donald Trump.

Libertarian candidate Cliff Hyra will attend the debate but will not participate. His campaign said he would post his responses on Twitter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Will Vitka

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