The winner of today’s GOP 1st congressional district runoff is expected to debate Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch on live TV in two weeks.


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AARP South Carolina, a non-partisan group , and WCBD-TV Channel 2 announced the debate has been set for 8 p.m. April 17 — about three weeks before the May 7 special election.

The debate will be held at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and be moderated by News 2 anchor Carolyn Murray. Public seating will be available in the adjacent MUSC Bioengineering Building auditoriums on a first come, first served basis. Auditoriums will open at 6 p.m.

Both Republicans, former Gov. Mark Sanford and former Charleston County Councilman Curtis Bostic, have indicated a willingness to debate Colbert Busch, though none of the three have committed to date, AARP South Carolina spokesman Patrick Cobb said today.

The organization did not invite 1st district Green party candidate Eugene Platt because the Green party did not receive 5 percent of the vote in the most recent general election. Its presidential candidate got less than 0.3 percent of the vote in South Carolina last fall.


This story has changed slightly since first posted earlier today, as The Post and Courier got more clarification about the participants.

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