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SC lieutenant governor candidates debate abortion, inflation, and critical race theory

With just four weeks until election day, South Carolina lieutenant governor candidates took the stage Tuesday, debating issues important to state voters.


With just four weeks until election day, South Carolina lieutenant governor candidates took the stage Tuesday, debating issues important to state voters.


Polls show this year abortion, education, and inflation are among the top issues South Carolinians are basing their vote on this year.


Here's a rundown of how both candidates addressed those controversial issues:


Earlier this year, the Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade, triggering several state abortion-centric laws including one in South Carolina.


Incumbent Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette championed the state's fetal heartbeat bill, and said her opponent's views on the subject were too radical.


"And even more disturbing to me is that they advocate for abortion, you know, two months past what the medical community says is pain tolerance for a baby in the womb," she said.


Democratic candidate Tally Parham Casey believed the heartbeat bill is restricting women's freedoms.

"Our daughters should not have less rights than their mothers and grandmothers," she said. "I think that what is happening here is that the other side is just engaging in fear-mongering. We are not seeking to permit partial-birth abortions, or abortion on demand. We're just seeking basic freedoms for women to have the ability to make health care decisions."