Beauprez, Hickenlooper square off in second gubernatorial debate tonight

John Frank --- The Denver Post 

The two candidates for Colorado governor will face off in their second formal debate Tuesday at The Denver Post.

It comes just as Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican challenger Bob Beauprez begin to hit campaign hyperspeed days from October, when ballots begin to arrive in voters mailboxes and the television ads spin out of control.

The race is one of the most closely watched in the nation and its potential ties to the all-important U.S. Senate race are adding to the stakes. The 6 p.m. debate is sold out but you can watch the live stream at www.denverpost.com/debates (link will be active Tuesday).

Here are three things to watch in the Hickenlooper-Beauprez debate:

1. The tone. The first debate in Grand Junction at the Club 20 event saw the affable Hickenlooper take a strident tone as Beauprez blasted him with criticism. Will the jabs get even sharper?

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