Debate-dodging takes off in midterm campaigns

A time-honored staple of political campaigns, the traditional candidate debate, appears to be on life support.

Republican candidates this year are increasingly ducking out of primary debates or demanding greater control over the terms than ever before, raising questions about the future of an institution that has long been a central part of American campaigns.

It isn’t just the traditional reluctance of front-runners to share a stage with their challengers that’s to blame. Instead, a confluence of factors is jeopardizing the

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