SC Democrats meet to hear gov candidates debate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Democrats hoping to be the state's next governor are preparing for a debate after their party's convention.

Saturday afternoon's debate comes hours after a Republican debate in Spartanburg.

The Democratic convention and debate cap a political weekend for the party that last held the governor's mansion in 2003 as Republican Gov. Mark Sanford took office.

State Sen. Vincent Sheheen of Camden is leading the money race. State Education Superintendent Jim Rex is lagging far behind. State Sen. Robert Ford of Charleston has the least cash on hand. He handed out red shopping bags to people arriving at the convention.

Republicans have a fundraising dinner Saturday with former White House adviser Karl Rove speaking.

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