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Candidates Are Sitting Out Debates. Will Voters Care?

In competitive races throughout the country, candidates are refusing to debate — and in this cycle, the number of races without debates is higher than ever. The question remains: Is this a good political strategy, or will conventional wisdom that debates are important hold true?

Galen Druke is FiveThirtyEight’s podcast producer and reporter.

Sophia Lebowitz is a video producer at FiveThirtyEight.

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