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SC Lede: Gubernatorial Arms Race

By Gavin Jackson

Gavin Jackson and Jamie Lovegrove

We're less than two months away from the June 12 South Carolina primary. On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson speaks with Post and Courier Statehouse Reporter Jamie Lovegrove about the latest on the race for the governor's office.

Gubernatorial Primary Debates Announced

By Glenn Rawls

South Carolina Gubernatorial Primary Debates

South Carolina ETV and the Charleston Post and Courier will host gubernatorial primary election debates this spring. The debates will be held in conjunction with the state’s Democratic and Republican parties, and will be broadcast statewide on SCETV and SC Public Radio. Candidates will receive formal invitations after the March 30 filing deadline.

Rep. Todd Atwater Announces Attorney General Bid

By Gavin Jackson

Rep. Todd Atwater

Rep. Todd Atwater, R-Lexington, announced on the State House steps Wednesday his run for attorney general.

Atwater is taking aim at current Attorney General Alan Wilson, a fellow Republican from Lexington County, who is running for his third term in office.

The crux of Atwater's campaign is to stymie corruption in Columbia, something he says the current attorney general can't do since he removed himself from the ongoing State House corruption probe citing a conflict of interest.

Gov. Henry McMaster Announces Running Mate Pamela Evette

By Gavin Jackson

Pamela Evette named Gov. Henry McMasters 2018 running mate on Nov. 28, 2017.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster named Upstate businesswoman Pamela Evette as his running mate in the 2018 gubernatorial race  on Tuesday afternoon.
Evette, 50, is president and CEO of Quality Business Solutions, a Travelers Rest-based company, which generates nearly $1 billion in revenue. She is a self-proclaimed “Trump girl” who is in good company with McMaster, who was the first statewide elected official to endorse President Donald Trump in 2016.

What To Watch For in The 2018 SC Governor's Race

By Gavin Jackson


The full interview with Professor Gibbs Knotts, College of Charleston political science department chair, on the state of the 2018 South Carolina governor’s race.

Catch up on who the candidates are and where the race stands a year away from Election Day here.

What does the 2018 election look like now that we’re a year away?

Where the SC Governor's Race Stands A Year Away from Election Day

By Gavin Jackson

The South Carolina state flag

To understand the 2018 governor’s race, rewind a year to the election of President Donald Trump.

Trump’s win moved up South Carolina’s gubernatorial race calendar, when shortly after he won, he named then Gov. Nikki Haley to become his United Nations ambassador.

Moments after a near unanimous Senate vote in January, Haley resigned her office to second-in-command Henry McMaster. The move instantly gave McMaster greater name recognition and a modern track record to run on.

GOP Gubernatorial Challenger Demands Ethics Changes

By Gavin Jackson

S.C. GOP gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton outside of her childhood home near Irmo on Nov. 1, 2017.

South Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton held a press conference to call for resignation of indicted Sen. John Courson and Rep. Rick Quinn over alleged corruption charges. The backdrop was her former childhood home near Irmo, located in Courson’s district that, due to his indictment and suspension, has no Senate representation, currently.

Rep. James Smith Announces His Bid for Governor

By Gavin Jackson

S.C. Rep. James Smith, D-Richland, formally announces his gubernatorial bid on Oct. 17, 2017.

Richland Democrat Rep. James Smith formally kicked off his gubernatorial campaign Tuesday in downtown Columbia.

Smith, 50, is a Columbia native who has served in the South Carolina House of Representatives since 1997.

Smith is running against Charleston businessman Phil Noble in the June 12 Democratic primary.

Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant Enters South Carolina Governor's Race

By Gavin Jackson

Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant Enters South Carolina Governor's Race

ANDERSON -- Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant officially entered the 2018 South Carolina gubernatorial race alongside his family on Friday, touting his conservative record and a need to restore integrity in the state capital.

Bryant is running on the fiscal and moral conservative record he honed during 12 years as a state senator, reflecting the values of the heavily Republican Upstate region from which he hails.

“I’m not running to the right—I am the right,” Bryant said after being asked about his ideologies compared to those of the other three Republicans in the race.

Fifth District Candidates In Conversation

By Glenn Rawls

Host Charles Bierbauer

South Carolina’s congressional Fifth District candidates get together for a conversation on This Week in South Carolina, airing Friday June 16th at 7:30 p.m. on South Carolina ETV.   The weekly program is hosted by Charles Bierbauer, Dean of USC’s College of Information and Communications, and produced by the University of South Carolina and SCETV.