From the Morning Memo:

The four Democratic candidates for attorney general tonight will face off in a Spectrum News/NY1 debate, their first televised forum for the only open statewide office this year.

The debate starts at 7 p.m.

The candidates — Leecia Eve, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and Zephyr Teachout — have all sought to cast themselves as staunch opponents and antidotes to President Donald Trump.

The four-way race to replace the scandal-scarred Eric Schneiderman, who resigned in May, has largely been overshadowed by the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon.

But polls have shown the attorney general primary to be a true tossup, with each candidate seeking an edge.

Maloney has enjoyed a fundraising advantage, releasing targeted TV ads and holding town hall events around the state.

James has received the bulk of establishment endorsements, but Teachout has in recent days has won the backing of progressive groups and newspaper and editorial boards.

“We have incredible momentum right now,” she wrote in a fundraising appeal. “Our campaign is getting new endorsements every day, and our grassroots team is growing faster than ever. But this is going to be a close race. So we cannot let up now. We cannot get complacent.”

The James campaign this week meanwhile sought to take credit for Maloney and Teachout releasing their tax returns — a call she made at the start of the campaign this spring.

“New Yorkers are electing an Attorney General who will have to stand up to Trump, take on unscrupulous businesses, and defend their rights. The stakes couldn’t be higher — and transparency matters now more than ever,” said James campaign spokesman Jack Sterne.

“That’s why Letitia ‘Tish’ James released five years of both her state and federal taxes seventeen day ago — because New Yorkers deserve real transparency. We’re glad Zephyr Teachout and Sean Patrick Maloney have finally released their tax returns. But New Yorkers won’t accept half measures. Zephyr Teachout must release a full five years of her taxes — and include her state returns. Anything less is fake transparency.”

The winner of the Sept. 13 primary faces Republican Keith Wofford.