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Randy Boyd drops out of upcoming gubernatorial debate in Knoxville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - One of the leading GOP candidates will not participate in News 2's upcoming governor’s debate in Knoxville. 

Randy Boyd dropped out of the debate Friday. 

His campaign sent an email citing a scheduling conflict.  

The email said in part, " Unfortunately, there has been a scheduling conflict, and Randy will be unable to attend the WKRN debate in Knoxville on July 22."  

"We just have a scheduling conflict. I don't do the schedule so I can't tell you when it came up. But we've had a scheduling conflict. But again, we're the only candidate that's done all 18 debates. And by the way, you know this last debate is going to be almost 10 days after early voting started so half the people have already voted. So we're going to be out visiting with voters and working the crowds," Boyd said Friday afternoon. 

Candidates taking part in the July 22 debate include U.S. Representative Diane Black, Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives Beth Harwell and Businessman Bill Lee. 


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