UofSC to host panel on governor's race Aug. 21

Posted on: 8/7/2014; Updated on: 8/7/2014
By Peggy Binette, 803-777-7704

South Carolina's gubernatorial campaign and election is heating up and quickly becoming one of the more interesting races of 2014. Five of the state's top political science scholars will be at the University of South Carolina Aug. 21 for a panel discussion on this year's rematch between incumbent Republican Gov. Nikki Haley and Democratic challenger Sen. Vincent Sheheen.

The symposium, hosted by the university's College of Arts and Sciences and the political science department, will take place 7-9 p.m. in the campus room of Capstone House. The event is free and open to the public.

Charles Bierbauer, dean of the College of Mass Communication and Information Studies and former White House correspondent, will moderate the panel, which will include Scott Buchanan, The Citadel; Scott Huffmon, Winthrop University; Todd Shaw, University of South Carolina; Alissa Warters, Francis Marion University; and David Woodard, Clemson University.

Don Fowler, adjunct professor and organizer of the symposium, says the event comes at the start of the academic year as college students head back to class and as voters prepare to head to the polls in 12 weeks.

The panel of political experts will tackle topics that include campaign issues and messaging, advertising and new media and funding and the influence of money from out-of-state.

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