The first and probably only debate between Michigan's major party candidates for governor is set for this weekend.
Democrat Virg Bernero and Republican Rick Snyder are scheduled to meet 7 p.m. Sunday at a Detroit Public Television studio in Wixom. The hour-long debate will be aired live on several stations around the state and may be shown on a tape-delay basis by others.
It's hosted by The Center for Michigan, a nonpartisan group based in Washtenaw County.
Bernero, trailing Snyder in polls, has sought more debates. But this is the only traditional back-and-forth confrontation scheduled between the two candidates before the election.
The two have appeared at some of the same forums, speaking separately. Bernero showed up at a Snyder town hall meeting in Westland in September. Snyder invited Bernero up on stage and both took questions from the audience.
The Michigan Democratic Party started airing a new television ad against Snyder late this week. Michigan Democratic Party spokesman John Tramontana said the party would continue to advertise for Bernero and that Democrats "can win this race" on Nov. 2, despite the double-digit deficit in polls.
Snyder campaign spokesman Bill Nowling said Snyder's advertising will continue. Snyder was scheduled to host a tailgate before the Michigan-Michigan State football game in Ann Arbor on Saturday, his last scheduled public campaign event before Sunday's debate.