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August 22, 2014

MORNING BUZZ: Experts pic a Haley win + Dems hit the stump

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct an error in the name of the candidate running against U.S. Sen. Tim Scott. Joyce Dickerson is the Democratic Richland County Councilwoman running against Scott in November. Joyce Knott is a Democrat from Rock Hill who ran for the 5th District congressional seat in 2012. We regret the error.

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley has the edge in her November rematch against Democratic challenger Vincent Sheheen , a panel of S.C. political scientists said Thursday. But the state senator from Camden could pull off an upset by getting a large turnout of his supporters, the experts added.

On Thursday, Sheheen hit the stump at the Aiken County Democratic Party's annual hot dog social along with other Democrats facing Republicans in November: state Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg, who's running against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson, who is running against U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, and Tom Thompson who is running against Molly Spearman in the race for state schools chief all attended and made brief comments.

Governor's schedule

• Gov. Nikki Haley at 10 a.m. will attend the grand opening of the Harris E. and Louise H. Deloach Center, Coker College, main gymnasium, 451 East Carolina Avenue, in Hartsville.
• At 3:15 p.m., Haley will address the S.C. Optometric Physicians Association Annual Meeting, Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa on Hilton Head Island.

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