SC Gubernatorial Candidates Face-off in Final Debate Before Election Day

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GREENVILLE, SC (WCBD) – We are just days away from election night and the candidates vying to be South Carolina’s next governor were in the upstate for their final debate.

Republican incumbent governor Henry McMaster and Democratic challenger James Smith went head-to-head on national issues such as immigration to local issues like South Carolina’s economy.

“Since I’ve been in office I’ve announced 23,000 new jobs, over $8 billion in new investments, and things are getting better” said McMaster. “We’ve had more people working than we ever had before.”

But James Smith, who has served in the State House for more than two decades, said he disagreed with McMaster’s claim.

“Right now, South Carolina is in the bottom fifth of about every list that we want to be on the top of. If South Carolina were a football team, and you were our head coach, you’d be fired.”

The candidates answered questions about issues including medical marijuana, SCANA’s nuclear debacle, tariffs, higher education and planned parenthood.

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