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TONIGHT: Alex Trebek moderating first and only Wolf, Wagner debate

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
FILE - In this April 30, 2017, file photo, Alex Trebek speaks at the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, California. The "Jeopardy!" host will host the first gubernatorial debate in October.

Pennsylvania politics will meet one of America's most beloved game shows tonight in the first and only scheduled gubernatorial debate between Democratic incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican Scott Wagner.

The 45-minute debate will take place at 8:15 p.m. tonight, Monday, Oct. 1, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Dauphin County, to conclude the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry's 34th Annual Chamber Dinner.

Beginning around 8:15 p.m., York Dispatch reporter Logan Hullinger will also be live-tweeting the debate. Follow his Tweets at @LoganHullYD or with the live feed below.

The chamber first announced in August that longtime "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek will moderate the debate.

But rather than answer in the form of a question, candidates will "focus on an array of topics that are critical to Pennsylvania's business community," said PCBI President Gene Barr.   

As the first and only debate, it will be the only chance for voters to see two go head-to-head before the November elections.

Wagner's campaign has been criticizing Wolf for not agreeing to debates for months, but Wolf has only agreed to tonight's debate.

This combination of October 2017 photos shows Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf, left, and Republican Scott Wagner. In several states, candidates are refusing to release their tax returns. That’s true even in states with a long tradition of candidates releasing their tax information. In Pennsylvania, Wagner, the Republican challenger who has made millions from his trash-hauling business is refusing to release his returns. The incumbent, Democratic Wolf, has released his in what he said was a nod to transparency. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The debate will also come just a week after the candidates' most recent campaign finance reports were released to show Wolf significantly leading Wagner in both campaign fundraising and spending.

Wolf also holds no less than a double-digit lead in all but one of this year's polls.

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The event, which every year gives attendees the opportunity to meet prominent state politicians and business leaders, also will include dinner and a question-and-answer segment with Trebek before the debate.

The debate will be aired live to a statewide audience on PCN-TV.