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April 13, 2014

SUNDAY BUZZ (extra): SC pols racing for votes at Darlington

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A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to

The Buzz found that racing and politics mixed at Darlington Raceway's Southern 500 on Saturday.

• U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-North Charleston, drove a ceremonial pace car around the 1.366-mile track before the start of the race. Scott pledged to The Buzz just before he sped away that he would not request a federal appropriation if he wrecked the 500-horsepower red Mustang GT Aluminator XS.
• Republican lieutenant governor candidate Mike Campbell was scheduled to appear with famed pro wrestler Ric Flair at the track. But the tag team failed. Campbell still stumped at the egg-shaped oval. Now the son of late Gov. Carroll Campbell and The Nature Boy will campaign at Hootie & the Blowfish's Monday After the Masters golf event in North Myrtle Beach, his campaign told The Buzz.
• The Buzz spotted another lieutenant governor candidate, Democratic state Rep. Bakari Sellers, walking through the pits before the race. He did not have a wrestler with him nor did the track let him drive a hot rod.

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