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      GOP delays 1st District debate until after primary

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Republican Party has canceled a 1st Congressional District debate that had been planned for next week.

      Instead, the party has opted to hold a debate between the two candidates who are expected to make a GOP runoff.

      Sixteen Republicans are running in the March 19 primary for the seat vacated by Tim Scott when he was appointed U.S. senator.

      The new plan calls for a debate between the two top Republican vote-getters who make an expected runoff. That debate is set for March 28 at Porter Gaud school in Charleston - five days before the primary runoff.

      There are two Democrats also running for the vacant 1st District seat. The special general election is set for May 7.

      Because seating is limited, those wishing to be in the audience should request tickets by clicking here.

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