Most of the candidates to be South Carolina's next governor will take part in televised debates next week — with one big exception.
Seven of the eight candidates will take part in two nights of debates at the College of Charleston. The Democratic candidates will debate at 7 p.m. May 15. The Republican candidates will follow a day later at 7 p.m. May 16.
Incumbent S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster of Columbia will not attend the GOP debate. Instead, the debate will feature Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant of Anderson, former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill of Williamsburg, former state agency director Catherine Templeton of Mount Pleasant and Greenville businessman John Warren.
McMaster's campaign said the governor has other meetings and events scheduled in Horry and Georgetown counties the evening of the debate.
All three Democratic candidates — Charleston businessman Phil Noble, state Rep. James Smith of Columbia and Florence attorney Marguerite Willis — will take part in Tuesday's debate.
The debates will be broadcast statewide. In the Midlands, WACH FOX in Columbia will broadcast the debates. The debates also will be carried on WCIV in Charleston, WPDE in Myrtle Beach and WLOS in Asheville.
Free tickets to both debates are available online.