The Latest: Democratic hopefuls spar on Medicaid, education

The Latest on Georgia gubernatorial debates (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

The two Democratic candidates vying for Georgia governor have met in their final debate before votes are cast in Tuesday’s primaries.

The debate took place at the WSB-TV studios in Atlanta.

Former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams went after former state Rep. Stacey Evans on Sunday for past statements on making work requirements a condition for Medicaid recipients. Evans said that she did not support such requirements and decried stereotypes about recipients not working.

Evans continued to challenge Abrams over her record on HOPE scholarships, accusing her of overseeing cuts to the program. Abrams defended her record, saying that she worked alongside Republicans to save HOPE under in the face of financial pressure.

Either candidate would be the first female Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Georgia and, if elected in November, the first female governor of the state.

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12 p.m.

The five GOP hopefuls for Georgia governor agree: There is no need for gun control in the wake of a spate of deadly school shootings across the country.

The candidates met on Sunday for their final debate before voters hit the polls in Tuesday’s primaries.

Each candidate said there was no need to pass gun control measures and all positioned themselves as the biggest defender of gun rights.

As with previous debates, tough talk on immigration and strong support for gun rights dominated the discussion.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has led in public polling. But a tight battle has played out of the No. 2 spot_and a possible runoff postion. Other candidates include Secretary of State Brian Kemp, former state Sen. Hunter Hill, state Sen. Michael Williams and Clay Tippins of Atlanta.

The two Democratic candidates debate later Sunday.

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8 a.m.

The candidates for Georgia governor are set to meet in their final debates before voters hit the polls in Tuesday’s primaries.

The five Republican candidates meet first at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The two Democrats get their chance Sunday at 1 p.m.

Previous Republican debates have been dominated by tough talk on immigration and strong support for gun rights. The candidates largely agree on those issues in terms of policy, but debate who is better suited to carry out the conservative agenda.

The Democrats have mainly focused on funding for public education and criticism of cuts to the HOPE scholarship program. The candidates, both former state House members, have gone after each other’s legislative records on the topic.

Advanced in-person voting began April 30.

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