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Debates set for Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls

Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls Donald Berwick, left, Steve Grossman, front center, and Martha Coakley, right.

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Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls Donald Berwick, left, Steve Grossman, front center, and Martha Coakley, right.

It’s time for the three Democrats running for governor to hone their poll-tested zingers, red meat applause lines, and direct-to-camera closing statements. Gubernatorial debate season is about to kick into high gear.

Attorney General Martha Coakley, Treasurer Steven Grossman and former federal health care official Donald M. Berwick are set to appear together in at least five debates in the days before the Sept. 9 primary election, according to their campaigns.

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Though the contenders have been doing countless low-profile forums together since January, there’s more at stake with events in the final weeks and days of a race. The candidates will be making appearances on broadcast television at a time when more a lot more voters will be paying attention.

The events, the details of which are subject to change, are as follows, according to the campaigns:

• An Aug. 19 forum at 7 p.m. at the Joseph Martin Institute for Law & Society at Stonehill College

• An Aug. 27 Western Massachusetts debate at WWLP-TV

• An Aug. 29 debate at WBZ-TV

• A Sept. 3 Boston Media Consortium debate

• A Sept. 4 New England Cable News debate

Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.
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