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2 of 3 Democratic candidates for the Governor's debate at Furman University

Rep. James Smith will not join the other two postulative Democrats for South Carolina governor in a televised debate on Sunday night at Furman University.

Charleston advisor Phil Noble and Florence attorney Marguerite Willis will take the stage at 7 pm at the Furman Unts Conference Center Yo. The debate will be televised by WYFF News 4.

Smith will attend a conference for Democratic leaders to be held out of state. He received key support on Saturday from former Vice President Joe Biden and US Representative James Clyburn, a senior member of the state. congress delegation.

Biden said Smith was a "great friend" of his son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who died of cancer in 2015.

"I think he has the character, courage and integrity to be a great governor of South Carolina," Joe Biden said in a video that was played before Clyburn introduced Smith at the Democratic state convention in Columbia.

Smith also has the largest war chest as the June 12 primary approaches. Raised $ 403,000 in the last quarter and has $ 622,000 in cash from the campaign in hand.

Willis has $ 542,000 in cash for the campaign and Noble has $ 59,000.

Although it has the least amount of money, recent polls have shown that Noble leads or is tied by leadership with Smith in the Democratic race for governor.

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