HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial candidates’ first debate is only hours away.

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger are to square off Monday evening at a Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and Industry dinner in Hershey.

For months, independent polls have consistently shown Wolf, a wealthy York businessman, with a wide lead over Corbett, formerly the state’s two-term attorney general.

Monday’s forum is the first of three events agreed to by the candidates. The others will be on Oct. 1 in Philadelphia and Oct. 8 in Pittsburgh.

Wolf will have an opportunity to make news when he addresses a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon earlier in the day.

Corbett will be in the limelight Friday, when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joins him at a GOP dinner in suburban Harrisburg.

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