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Democrats running for governor have 1st forum

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LEXINGTON — And they’re off. Cordially.

For the first time in the 2014 race for governor, the five declared Democratic candidates for the office shared a stage and politely discussed the issues of the day, eschewing barbed comments and heated contrasts for thoughtful explanations of who they were and where they stood.

At a forum in front of hundreds of people at the Cary Memorial Building in the heart of this suburban and liberal-leaning enclave, the candidates spoke about issues ranging from granting in-state tuition to illegal immigrants to health care to how each would deal with the Legislature.

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