As politicos have already started watching the seconds tick by until the Nov. 4 election, the average voter is more likely to turn in around the same time as several planned debates hosted by the Post and Courier.

The debates are being put together as part of a cooperative between The Post and Courier, WCIV-TV in Charleston, WACH-TV in Columbia, WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach and WLOS-TV/WMYA-TV in the Greenville market.

The first debate will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Charleston media market with the topics focusing primarily on jobs, the economy and growth.

The second debate will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Greenville/Spartanburg media market. That debate will focus primarily on education and health care. It also will be broadcast live and streamed online.

Each debate will take place in front of a live audience. Venues and ticketing information will be announced at a later time.

The prevailing wisdom is that even though the race might be won by only a few percentage points, it will be difficult for Gov. Nikki Haley's opponents to overcome that margin. She faces Democrat Vincent Sheheen, independent Tom Ervin, United Citizens Party candidate Morgan Bruce Reeves and Libertarian Steve French. The debates take place at a key time for the candidates to make their final pitches to voters.

"Gov. Haley looks forward to debating her opponents, and comparing her vision of a growing and prosperous South Carolina with low taxes and more jobs, with her opponents' vision of a South Carolina with higher taxes, government health care, and an economic environment that would harm our businesses and workers," said Rob Godfrey, Haley's deputy campaign manager.

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