The Buzz

August 13, 2014

Tom Ervin releases fourth TV ad for governor in a week

The Buzz

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Tom Ervin issued his fourth statewide television advertisement in a week that is part of a three-week, $2 million promotional blitz in his independent bid for governor.

The latest ad focuses on his education plan that includes cutting ties to Common Core, the education standards created by national governors and educational groups.

The Greenville attorney and radio-station owner also backs pre-kindergarten, school choice and locking college tuition prices after a student's freshman year.

Ervin, a former state lawmaker and judge, has self-financed his run. He dropped out of the GOP primary to have more time to campaign against Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, who is seeking a second term.

Ervin has spent at least $3.5 million in his upstart run -- about the same as Haley and Democratic challenger Vincent Sheheen combined.

Tom Ervin education ad

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