McMaster, Warren set for South Carolina GOP runoff debate

June 13, 2018 - 1:07 pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster and Greenville businessman John Warren are set to debate once before South Carolina voters pick one of them as their Republican nominee for governor.

The Post and Courier of Charleston is again partnering with South Carolina Educational Television for a debate, set for June 20 at the Newberry Opera House.

McMaster was the top vote getter in the June 12 GOP primary but failed to get the majority needed to avoid a runoff. He secured 42 percent of votes cast, while Warren won about 28 percent.

Warren told supporters Tuesday night he wanted a series of three debates with McMaster, but this is the only one planned.

The runoff winner will face Democratic Rep. James Smith of Columbia and American Party candidate Martin Barry in November.

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