Nexstar to host live U.S. Senate debate between John Cornyn and MJ Hegar

State & Regional

Debate will air live on 15 Nexstar stations and their websites Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.

Incumbent Sen. John Cornyn (left) and Democratic challenger, MJ Hegar (right)
Cornyn : AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
Hegar : AP Photo/Eric Gay, File

AUSTIN and IRVING, Texas (NEWS RELEASE) — The following is a news release from Nexstar Media Group, Inc.:

Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST), announced today that it will host an exclusive multi-market live telecast of a debate between the Democratic and Republican party candidates for the United States Senate from Texas, incumbent Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and former Air Force helicopter pilot, MJ Hegar. “U.S. Senate Debate – Texas” will take place on Friday, October 9th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. CT, at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, TX, and be telecast throughout the state.

The one-hour debate will bring together potentially 21 million viewers across Texas and will air on 15 Nexstar television stations serving the state, including: KDAF-TV (CW) in Dallas, KIAH-TV (CW) in Houston, KXAN-TV (NBC) in Austin, KWKT-TV (FOX) in Waco, KVEO-TV/SVEO-TV (NBC/CBS) in Harlingen/Brownsville, KTAL-TV (NBC) in Shreveport, LA, KTSM-TV (NBC) in El Paso, KETK-TV (NBC) in Tyler, KAMR-TV/KCIT-TV (NBC/FOX) in Amarillo, KLBK-TV/KAMC-TV (CBS/ABC) in Lubbock, KMID-TV (ABC) in Midland/Odessa, KFDX-TV (NBC) in Wichita Falls, KTAB-TV (CBS) in Abilene, and KSAN-TV (NBC) in San Angelo. Local viewers may also access a livestream of the debate online by visiting the website of their local Nexstar station (see table below for more information).

The debate will be moderated by KXAN-TV news anchors Robert Hadlock and Sally Hernandez, and Dallas Morning News political writer, Gromer Jeffers, Jr., who will pose questions to the candidates focused on current local and regional issues impacting communities across the state The candidates will be asked for their views on education, health care and the coronavirus pandemic, infrastructure and the economy.

In addition to taking questions from the moderator and panelists, the candidates will respond to questions from local voters regarding issues that impact their local communities. Viewers can submit questions for the debate via email to and can follow the debate and related content on social media using the hashtag #txsenatedebate.

“Nexstar and the award-winning news anchors and reporters at our Texas television stations are committed to serving the interests of voters across the state by delivering exclusive local news content and political coverage that will enable them to make informed decisions on election day,” said Tim Busch, President of Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. “The ‘US Senate Debate – Texas’ is the first statewide forum in which voters can hear directly from the candidates about the issues that matter most to them and their families before heading to the ballot box this November. We are proud to harness the combined resources of our local station operations throughout Texas to bring this exclusive live debate to our viewers across the state. We are grateful to the candidates for their participation, and to the outstanding local communities we serve across Texas for their continued viewership and engagement.”

The election for U.S. Senator from Texas will take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. To register to vote, please visit

  • U.S. Senate Debate – Texas Television Broadcast and Live-Stream
  • The Bullock Texas State History Museum – 1800 Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78701
  • Friday, October 9th, 2020
  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CT

The debate will be carried on the following stations and websites:

(Provided by Nexstar Media Group, Inc.)

Note: In addition to the live television broadcast, viewers may also access a livestream of the debate by visiting their local participating Nexstar station’s website.

About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Nexstar Media Group is a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional media, digital and mobile media platforms. Nexstar owns, operates, programs, or provides sales and other services to 196 television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 114 markets or approximately 38% of all U.S. television households (reflecting the FCC’s UHF discount). Nexstar’s portfolio includes primary affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW. Nexstar’s community portal websites offer additional hyper-local content and verticals for consumers and advertisers, allowing audiences to choose where, when and how they access content while creating new revenue opportunities. Nexstar also owns WGN America, a growing national general entertainment cable network and a 31.3% ownership stake in TV Food Network, a top tier cable asset. For more information please visit

(News release from Nexstar Media Group, Inc.)

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