Barrett, Haley have final scheduled SC gov debates

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Republican gubernatorial hopefuls U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett and state Rep. Nikki Haley will discuss issues in the only scheduled broadcast debates of the runoff campaign.

Thursday's debates are crucial for Barrett. Haley nearly won the nomination outright with 49% of the vote to Barrett's 22 percent on June 8. He hopes to use the debates to close that gap.

The pair will appear in an hourlong debate Thursday at 5 p.m. on Greenville's WORD-FM. The debate will also be streamed on the radio station's Internet site.

Then they'll be at WIS-TV in Columbia for an hourlong debate that begins at 8 p.m. That debate also will be streamed on the station's website.

The winner of Tuesday's runoff will face Democrat Vincent Sheheen in November.

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