Lt.Gov. Candidates Debate

(Columbia, SC) -- A newcomer to politics is credited with making what one analyst calls an impressive debut.

That's what College of Charleston political scientist Gibbs Knotts said yesterday after watching the lieutenant governor's debate in Columbia.

Republican businesswoman Pamela Evette, who has never held elected office, faced Democratic State Rep. Mandy Powers-Norrell, and Knotts says Evette showed considerable poise and a solid defense of Republican policy.

Still, Knotts scored the debate a draw, and three other analysts told The State they thought Powers-Norrell won.

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