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COLUMBIA — South Carolina ETV and The Post and Courier announced Wednesday they will co-host two sets of 2018 governor primary election debates in May and June.

The debates, held in conjunction with the state Democratic and Republican parties, will take place on back-to-back nights at Clemson University and the University of South Carolina.

All eight Republican and Democratic candidates who plan to run committed to attending the debates, including GOP Gov. Henry McMaster.

The other four Republicans in the race agreed to participate: Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant; former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill; former two-time state agency head Catherine Templeton; and Greenville businessman John Warren. Democrats committing are Charleston businessman Phil Noble, state Rep. James Smith and Florence attorney Marguerite Willis.

Republican debates will be held May 23 at Clemson and June 5 at USC.

Democratic debates will be held May 24 at Clemson and June 4 at USC.

ETV will televise the 7 p.m. events statewide and stream them online. S.C. Public Radio also will broadcast the debates.

Charles Bierbauer, a former longtime CNN correspondent and dean of the USC College of Information and Communications, will moderate with journalists from The Post and Courier and ETV asking questions to the candidates.

Candidates will receive formal invitations to the debates after the March 30 election filing deadline. The primary will be held on June 12.

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Shain runs The Post and Courier's team based in the South Carolina capital. He was editor of Free Times and has been a reporter and editor for newspapers in Charlotte, Columbia and Myrtle Beach.