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Graham-Harrison, Cunningham-Mace will meet in debates from Post and Courier and SC ETV

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Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison (left) and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham.  File

Candidates in South Carolina's two most-watched elections will participate in debates sponsored by The Post and Courier, S.C. Educational Television and S.C. Public Radio. 

Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison will debate Oct. 21 at SCETV's Columbia studio. Post and Courier political reporter Jamie Lovegrove, S.C. Public Radio reporter Thelisha Eaddy and SCETV reporter Gavin Jackson will be the moderators. 

First Congressional District foes, Democratic incumbent Joe Cunningham and Republican Nancy Mace, will debate Sept. 28 at SCETV's Beaufort studio. Lovegrove and Jackson will be the moderators. 

Joe Cunningham and Nancy Mace campaign images side by side

Joe Cunningham and Nancy Mace. Provided

Both debates will air statewide from 7 to 8 p.m. on SCETV and S.C. Public Radio stations.

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Graham, one of President Donald Trump's closest allies, is facing stiff fight from Harrison, a former state party leader, with polls showing them in a tight race in a state that leans Republican. Harrison has outraised Graham this year. 

Cunningham is trying to keep the Lowcountry congressional seat he won in an upset in 2018. Mace, a state representative who was the first woman to graduate from The Citadel's Corps of Cadets, is working to win back the district that Republicans held for 40 years before Cunningham.

The coastal seat stretches from Charleston to Beaufort counties and is a target for both national parties vying for control of the House.

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