Politics & Government

First GOP debate set for Newberry

All five Republicans hoping to succeed Gov. Mark Sanford will appear in their party's first debate this week, and members of the public will be able to submit questions to the candidates.

The Republican parties in Laurens and Newberry counties say the "First in the State GOP Gubernatorial Debate" Tuesday at Newberry Opera House will be moderated by WIS-TV anchor Judi Gatson.

Video questions can be submitted via YouTube.com to the Newberry County Republican Party. There will also be a live blog where questions can be submitted during the debate.

Four declared candidates - U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, Attorney General Henry McMaster, state Sen. Larry Grooms of Bonneau and state Rep. Nikki Haley of Lexington - have committed to attending. Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has not announced plans to enter the race, but he will be on the stage.

Tickets are $25 and are available at newberrygop.com.