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The Latest: GOP governor candidates debate without Gianforte

November 27, 2019 GMT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the Republican gubernatorial debate (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

Two Republican gubernatorial candidates met for their first debate just two days after the president’s son campaigned in Montana for the third candidate seeking the party’s nomination.

Attorney General Tim Fox and state Sen. Al Olszewski were cordial in answering questions about jobs and the economy proposed by students, faculty and staff at Carroll College in Helena.

Both touted their Montana roots, defended President Donald Trump’s trade wars and said they would promote the natural resources industries.

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte has said he could not attend the debate because he was traveling.

Fox noted that on Sunday you could have paid up to $1,000 to talk with Gianforte at a fundraiser where Donald Trump Jr. spoke.

Four Democrats are seeking their party’s nomination for the open governor’s seat in 2020.

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10 a.m.

Two Republican gubernatorial candidates are meeting for their first debate just two days after the president’s son campaigned in Montana for the third candidate seeking the party’s nomination.

Attorney General Tim Fox and state Sen. Al Olszewski are planning to participate in Tuesday’s debate in Helena despite U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte declining to attend because it of a scheduling conflict.

The debate is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Carroll College.

On Sunday, Donald Trump Jr. spoke at a fundraiser for Gianforte in Helena.

The three men are competing for the party’s nomination for the open governor’s seat in 2020.

Four Democrats are running in their party’s primary.