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The final Poizner-Whitman debate

The final debate between Republican gubernatorial primary candidates Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman is scheduled for 5 p.m. – yes, it has been been moved to primetime after this week’s kerfuffle over who had picked the original 2 p.m. slot – on Sunday, May 2 at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose.

The candidates will field questions from a media panel consisting of yours truly; the Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci; the Sacramento Bee’s Jack Chang; Mike Blood of the Associated Press; and Univision’s Santiago Lucero, with KQED Public Radio Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers as the moderator.

If you have a good idea for a question to be posed to either of the candidates, feel free to post a comment here by the end of this week.

The hour-long event is sponsored by Comcast, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Time Warner, Charter, Cox Cable, Cal Channel, CCTA and the Tech Museum, and KQED and 27 other California public radio stations will air it live. It also will air live and then be replayed several times in the following week by Comcast Home Network Channel 104 and the Cal Channel.

Meanwhile, the latest Rasmussen Reports poll shows 71 percent of California voters like the idea of a three-way debate between Poizner, Whitman and presumed Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown, an idea Brown pitched at the California Democratic Party’s convention last weekend. But while Poizner – still trailing far behind Whitman – instantly and eagerly accepted, Whitman nixed the idea, so it’s not going to happen (which Brown certainly knew before he even suggested it).

Rasmussen also shows “Brown’s numbers are little changed” while “Whitman’s unfavorables are up as she and Poizner batter each other with television ads in their heated primary contest.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.