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DWIGHT DRAKE

Age: 64

Residence: Columbia

Occupation: Attorney, former lobbyist. Drake has been a partner at Columbia's Nelson Mullins law firm since 1983.

Education: Bachelor's degree, political science, University of Georgia, 1967; law degree, USC, 1972

Political experience: Drake was legal counsel to former Gov. John West and later managed the campaign of former Gov. Dick Riley. Drake also was Riley's legislative liaison. His lobbying clients include Altria, AT&T, Boeing, BMW and General Electric.

Web site: dwightdrake.com

AMOS ELLIOTT

Age: 37

Residence: Charleston

Occupation: Pastor

Political experience: Elliott says this is his first bid for public office.

ROBERT FORD

Age: 60

Residence: Charleston

Occupation: Developer

Education: Attended Wayne State and Grambling State universities

Political experience: Member, S.C. Senate, 1993 to present

Web site: robertfordforgovenor.com

MULLINS McLEOD

Age: 37

Residence: Walterboro

Occupation: Attorney

Education: Bachelor's degree, Wofford College; law degree, USC

Political experience: None

Web site: mullinsmcleod.com

JIM REX

Age: 67

Residence: Winnsboro

Occupation: College administrator; former teacher and coach

Education: Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, University of Toledo

Political experience: S.C. education superintendent, 2006 to present

Web site: jimrex.com

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