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TV ads by candidates for Lt. Gov. make lofty promises

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(Left to Right) Henry McMaster, Mike Campbell, Ray Moore and Pat McKinney. (Left to Right) Henry McMaster, Mike Campbell, Ray Moore and Pat McKinney.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Election season is in full swing and there are ads on TV for almost every candidate looking for your vote.

The ads are making some lofty promises but the state constitution gives the Lt. Governor some pretty limited powers that don't directly affect a lot of partisan issues.

But what exactly is the role of the Lt. Governor? If you check the state's constitution, the powers of the Lt. Governor are actually pretty limited. They preside over the senate and can only vote to break a tie. They also assume the role of governor if the current chief executive dies in office or has to step down.

They also don't have direct influence on many of the issues being mentioned on the campaign trail.

WIS reached out the five candidates for Lt. Governor to find out how they plan to address some of the concerns of South Carolinians.

Retired president of Kiawah Island Real Estate Pat McKinney said he would "Work with Gov. Haley to fight for pro-business policies like lower taxes, reduced regulations and tort reform."

Current State. Rep. Bakari Sellers, D-Orangeburg said as Lt. Governor "There's no doubt allocating for things like I-73 can't be done."

And Retired Army chaplain Ray Moore said "Every candidate is talking about projects in addition to their specific responsibilities" set forth by the constitution.

WIS is still waiting to hear back from Mike Campbell, who is the son of late Gov. Carroll Campbell and former U.S. attorney and state GOP chairman Henry McMaster.

One candidate did point out a lot of issues being discussed by candidates are debated in the state senate so whoever is in the Lt. Governor's position can take on those issues there.

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