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Haley and Sheheen Square Off in Final Gubernatorial Debate

Vincent Sheheen at the podium during the final debates on Tuesday night. Vincent Sheheen at the podium during the final debates on Tuesday night.
Nikki Haley at the table during the final debates on Tuesday night. Nikki Haley at the table during the final debates on Tuesday night.

By: Kayla Parker

Vincent Sheheen and Nikki Haley squared off for round three of debates Tuesday night in front of a packed auditorium at Francis Marion University. Sheheen and Haley traded jabs over topics like jobs, college costs, and funding for illegal immigration reform.

"Senator Sheheen did not fund it," Haley said. "Instead he chose to support the stimulus package, while I chose to support funding prosecution for illegal immigration"

The jabs continued and even got a little personal.

"My opponent likes to bash on me for being a lawyer," Sheheen said. "You know what, I'd rather be a successful lawyer and rather have a successful lawyer as my next governor than an accountant who didn't pay her taxes."

USC journalism professor Sid Bedingfield says we may not have a clear winner on this one.

"Well I don't think we saw a clear cut winner in the debate. We saw a continuation of Sheheen trying to undermine the credibility and trust of Haley, and we saw Nikki Haley again trying to convince the voters that she is the true conservative, fiscal conservative candidate and Sheheen can't be trusted with the state's budget," Bedingfield said.

But the fight for governor is far from over. And Sheheen and Haley will both be trying to land the win come November 2. But who will win all depends on the voters.

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