- Associated Press - Monday, April 14, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis says he won’t participate in a televised debate the night before early voting begins for the May 6 primary.

A Tillis campaign spokesman said Monday the state House speaker had a long-standing commitment that prevents him from participating in the Republican primary debate April 23 at the WRAL-TV studios in Raleigh.

The station says Greg Brannon of Cary, Heather Grant of Wilkesboro and Mark Harris of Charlotte are slated to appear on the half-hour debate to air live on WRAL, a Wilmington station, and possibly more.

Spokesman Jordan Shaw says Tillis has committed to two other TV debates to which he was invited - April 22 at Davidson College and April 28 at the UNC-TV studios in Research Triangle Park.

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