November 01. 2012 12:30AM

TV debates, voter guide are headed your way

If you haven't yet paid much attention to next Tuesday's elections (and somehow missed all the commercials and phone calls), it's not too late to get informed. The New Hampshire Union Leader and WMUR-TV hold Granite State Debates tonight and Friday night; and this weekend's Sunday News has a special Voter's Guide to the major state contests.

Tonight's hour-long televised debate is between Republican Ovide Lamontagne and Democrat Maggie Hassan, both vying for governor. It is the first time in eight years that it is an open seat. The 7 p.m. debate, aired live from the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College, includes Union Leader senior political reporter John DiStaso as a questioner.

Friday night, back-to-back congressional debates will be aired, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., on WMUR-TV, Channel 9. The first features 1st District U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta, the Republican, and the woman he ousted two years ago, Democrat Carol Shea-Porter. At 8 p.m., 2nd Distruct Rep. Charlie Bass, also a Republican, faces Democrat Ann Kuster.

For profiles of all these candidates, plus stories on contested state senate races, constitutional amendment questions, and Manchester's city charter commission election, look to the New Hampshire Sunday News this weekend.