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Third party candidate battles for invitation to gubernatorial debate

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - On Thursday, Dr. Morgan Reeves visited Charleston to meet with the State Ports Authority.

The former NFL player and Columbia businessman backs deepening the Charleston Harbor to make way for larger ships. Reeves avidly supports year-round schooling for students and prefers solar energy over offshore drilling.

But, the third party candidate staunchly opposes his exclusion from the upcoming gubernatorial debate.

"I'm a legal candidate for governor and I feel all the citizens in the state of South Carolina have a right to know how I stand on the issues," Reeves said. "That is a no, no. Because when they exclude me, they will be excluding a candidate that will give South Carolina more choices."

Reeves said he plans to file a $40 billion lawsuit against several organizers of the debate.

ETV said a candidate needs at least 10 percent support of an accepted poll to be included, but Reeves said his name never appeared on the surveys.

Rasmussen Reports, a leading national opinion polling company, confirmed Reeves' name did not appear on its survey.

A company spokesperson said a "Some Other Candidate" option is included in Rasmussen surveys and a candidate's name is included if they receive enough support.

Reeves plans to release a book about the struggles third party candidates face at some point next year.

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