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January 27, 2014

POLITICS: American Party of SC launching statewide search for candidates

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The American Party of South Carolina is launching a statewide search for candidates.

The party will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the State House to announce its official certification and search for candidates.

Co-founders Jim Rex, former Democratic S.C. Superintendent of Education, and Oscar Lovelace, a physician who once ran for the governor's office as a Republican, will speak at Tuesday's event.

Rex and Lovelace said they formed the party as an alternative to a two-party system.

The American Party will aim to provide a moderate third-party option that does not swing too far to the political right or left, Rex said in an interview last year.

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