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Last race for lieutenant governor offers contrasts

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

Henry McMaster and Bakari Sellers agree South Carolina's last separate election for lieutenant governor offers voters a stark contrast.

McMaster touts his experience, as a former U.S. attorney under President Ronald Reagan and a two-term state attorney general. The 67-year-old Columbia attorney is also a well-known name in GOP politics, as state party chairman for a decade and a six-time candidate for a statewide office.

Sellers is a 30-year-old rising star in the Democratic Party from rural Denmark, who's wrapping up a fourth term in the state House. He says McMaster represents decades-old ideas, and it's time for a change.

Sellers recognizes it's a "David-versus-Goliath" contest. A win would make him the first black lieutenant governor since Reconstruction.

Starting in 2018, gubernatorial nominees will select their running mate.

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