Mudslinging SC governor primary heading to voters

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's nasty Republican primary race for governor is heading to voters.

A lawmaker trying to become the state's first woman governor has been denying allegations of extramarital affairs and accusing the state's entrenched politicians of trying to derail her candidacy.

State Rep. Nikki Haley's bid to outmaneuver three other Republicans has overshadowed all the other primary contests Tuesday.

Polls open at 7 a.m. as voters nominate or send to runoffs candidates in races including U.S. Senate, lieutenant governor and attorney general, as well for three U.S. House seats.

Other notable races include a coastal Republican congressional primary. The 1st District could see the son of Strom Thurmond head to a runoff against a black Republican state lawmaker.

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