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Lieutenant governor candidates debate abortion, education

South Carolina’s candidates for lieutenant governor spoke in support of their respective running-mates’ policies on issues like abortion, education and health care at an Oct. 11 debate.

Republican Pamela Evette and Democrat Tally Parham Casey took the stage for an evening debate hosted by South Carolina ETV, The Post and Courier and S.C. Public Radio.

Evette, a businesswoman from Greenville County, has been lieutenant governor under Gov. Henry McMaster for the past four years. She emphasized South Carolina’s economy and helping business.

Casey, running alongside Joe Cunningham, is South Carolina’s first female fighter pilot and CEO of Wyche Law Firm in Columbia. Her priorities center around veterans’ and women’s rights.

The Nov. 8 election will be only the second time South Carolina voters select a joint ticket with both governor and lieutenant governor. The lieutenant governor’s race was separate until 2018, when a voter referendum approved in 2012 went into place.

The lieutenant governor is primarily a ceremonial role, taking on whatever the governor assigns. That often includes representing the governor at events around the state.