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Debate night = Bingo night

All five Republicans vying for governor hit the stage at 7 p.m. tonight at Clemson University, marking the first time all the GOP contenders will square off with one another in a televised debate. (The Democrats will have their chance on Thursday.)

Ahead of the latest showdown, Columbia Bureau Chief Andy Shain has put together this helpful story on what took look for and watch as the GOP hopefuls spar for an hour. Hosted by The Post and Courier and SC ETV, the debate will be broadcast on SC ETV. It will also be streamed online.

But best of all, you can now play along using our bingo card. (Bingo cards will be created for Thursday's Democratic debate as well. Stay tuned.)

Bingo card GOP

Bingo makes everything better, right?

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So when Catherine Templeton deploys the buzzword that just won't quit, you can mark down that space for "buzzsaw."

The card will work on your phone and on your computer. Mark different squares by pressing the squares on your screen.

Want another card? You can click the "new card" button at the top right-hand corner. (If you prefer to print it out, take a screenshot of the card and then print it out to avoid any fees.)

And just because it's fun to be social, be sure to post your winning card on social media and tag them with #GOPDebateBingo.

Get your bingo card: B-I-N-G-O!

Read more: As primary nears, tension mounts ahead of S.C. governor debates

Parnell goes rogue, still staying in congressional race

The fallout continues for South Carolina congressional candidate Archie Parnell.

In the 24 hours since the Democrat's divorce records surfaced and revealed he physically abused his ex-wife in the 1970s, the following has happened:

  • Campaign staffers have left him
  • U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, the state's most powerful Democrat, urged Parnell to leave the race
  • The state's Democratic party leader Trav Robertson called on Parnell to drop out, too
  • The three Democratic candidates running for governor in South Carolina joined party leaders in urging the Sumter Democrat to step away from the race
  • Financial backers began requesting refunds of campaign contributions
  • And even his campaign website,, is no longer active

But Parnell isn't backing down or stepping aside. As of the writing of this newsletter, he is still in the race.


Democratic candidate Archie Parnell, pictured her after a narrow 2017 special election loss, is still refusing to drop out of a congressional race despite revelations of domestic violence in a past marriage. Rick Carpenter/The Sumter Item

Parnell's refusal to throw in the towel is creating problems for Democrats in the state.

Not only was Parnell the candidate that had been seen as the party's best chance to flip a ruby red seat, now Democrats have to contend with a dilemma similar to the one Republicans faced with Roy Moore in an Alabama Senate race last year.

Political reporter Jamie Lovegrove explains:

"Moore, a former state supreme court chief justice, refused to drop out despite pleas from fellow Republicans after The Washington Post reported several women had accused him of sexual misconduct. He won the primary despite President Donald Trump and other national party leaders backing his chief rival but went on to lose the general election to Democrat Doug Jones.

As with Moore, Democrats have no recourse to remove Parnell from contention if he does not drop out other than to actively campaign against him in the 5th District stretching from Sumter to Rock Hill. Though Parnell was much more popular among Democratic leaders than Moore was with the GOP establishment, he faces a backlash of similar proportions."

Read more: Ditched by allies, embattled S.C. congressional candidate still won't drop out

In other news

  • State budget might arrive late, but there will be no S.C. government shutdown (P&C)

  • South Carolina Republicans prepare last-ditch effort to save a federal nuclear project (P&C)

  • SC children can't get autism therapy they need, and it's the state's fault, suit says (The State)

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AND ONE MORE THING:  Making history

Columbia attorney Sherri Lydon has been confirmed as the next U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina.

The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed her for the position, according to a statement issued late Tuesday by Sen. Lindsey Graham's office.

"This is an historic moment for South Carolina, as she is the first female U.S. Attorney for our state to be nominated by a president," Graham said in a statement.

Read more: New U.S. Attorney for South Carolina unanimously confirmed by Senate


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Reach Caitlin Byrd at 843-937-5590 and follow her on Twitter @MaryCaitlinByrd.

Caitlin Byrd is a political reporter at The Post and Courier and author of the Palmetto Politics newsletter. Before moving to Charleston in 2016, her byline appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times. To date, Byrd has won 17 awards for her work.