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Democrats Sadler, Yarbrough Meet in Senate Debate

Debate begins at 3 p.m., airs Wednesday on KERA

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012  |  Updated 10:38 AM CDT
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Dems Sadler, Yarbrough Meet in Sen. Debate

Grady Yarbrough, left, and Paul Sadler.

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Two Democratic U.S. Senate hopefuls are squaring off in a debate that won't hit television airwaves until the day after it's taped.

Paul Sadler is an attorney who served in the Texas House from 1991 until 2003. He will share a stage at KERA public television in Dallas with political unknown Grady Yarbrough, who has run previously as a Democrat and a Republican.

Sadler and Yarbrough were the top vote-getters in a crowded Democratic senatorial field where no candidate won a majority during last month's primary. They meet in a July 31 runoff for the seat of retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

The debate tapes Tuesday afternoon but airs on KERA Wednesday evening.

Texas hasn't elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since Lloyd Bentsen in 1988.

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