McMaster, Smith Meet Gubernatorial Debate

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The Latest on the first of two general election debates between the candidates competing for South Carolina governor:     

The men vying to be South Carolina’s next governor are drawing their final contrasts as voters prepare to decide between them in next month’s election.
    
Republican Gov. Henry McMaster and Democratic state Rep. James Smith met in Florence on Wednesday for the first of two general election debates.
    
Smith went on the attack early, attempting to portray McMaster as out of touch with South Carolina’s needs, like expanded health care choices or infrastructural improvements.
    
McMaster focused on his economic achievements over nearly two years in office, saying he frequently hears from foreign companies excited to expand in the state, under his leadership.
    
McMaster and Smith face voters Nov. 6. They meet next week for their final debate.

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