The WBA Foundation announced it will limit its debates this summer of GOP U.S. Senate candidates and Dem guv hopefuls to four participants each, based largely of the top finishers in upcoming Marquette University Law School polls.
The are currently 10 Dems who have qualified for the ballot in that primary, meaning more than half of the field will not be included in the July 27 debate.
Meanwhile, four Republicans have filed enough signatures in that race, though only two candidates are considered viable — business consultant Kevin Nicholson and state Sen. Leah Vukmir.
Several Dem guv candidates ripped the decision.
As we remember from the GOP presidential primary debates in 2016, they are worthless when there are ten or more candidates on the dais. A single question takes 10 minutes to answer and no candidate really has an opportunity to make a complete statement. Four is a good number to have a meaningful debate for voters evaluate and using the Marquette poll as the benchmark is as good a way as any.