5 SC governor candidates meet in final debate

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Posted: Oct 21, 2014 8:49 PM

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The two major challengers to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley used the candidates' final debate to hammer her over problems with the state's child welfare agency and what they said is her lack of support for a law to take guns away from people convicted of criminal domestic violence.

Independent candidate Tom Ervin said Tuesday that he decided to run because of what he said was Haley's poor handling of the Department of Social Services. He says she stood by while an incompetent leader of the agency let children be abused and killed because of poor management.

Democrat Vincent Sheheen says people convicted of domestic violence should never have guns. Haley did not say whether she would support such a ban.

The debate at Furman University was the second and final one.