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Cunningham trying to win SC voters by pledging to out-cut Republicans on taxes, spending

In GOP-dominated South Carolina, Democrats Joe Cunningham is trying to oust Gov. Henry McMaster with a "freedom agenda" that includes slashing taxes further and cutting more spending than the incumbent or any other Republican before him.

On the heels of McMaster signing the largest single tax cut in South Carolina's history, Cunningham is pledging to eliminate the state income tax entirely over his potential two-term tenure. Putting South Carolina on par with no-income-tax states like Florida, Nevada and Texas will drive people and businesses to the Palmetto State and ultimately improve the economy, says the former 1st District congressman from Charleston.

It's topsy-turvy argument for a Democratic challenger. His criticisms of the South Carolina tax code sound a lot like pitches made by McMaster and his Republican predecessors, Govs. Nikki Haley and Mark Sanford, whose smaller tax-cut proposals fell flat in the GOP-ruled Legislature.