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Top South Carolina prosecutor hosting presidential hopefuls

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s top prosecutor is taking part in a series of conversations with more than a dozen of the contenders seeking the Republican presidential nomination.

On Thursday, the Conservative Leadership Project announced that 15 presidential candidates have agreed to participate in forums moderated by Attorney General Alan Wilson. The gatherings will focus on the Constitution, potential U.S. Supreme Court vacancies and law.

The forums start Sept. 3 at Winthrop University with an hour-long conversation with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Over the coming months, organizers say the following candidates have agreed to participate:

—Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush

—Dr. Ben Carson

—New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

—Texas Sen. Ted Cruz

—Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina

—South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham

—Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

—Ohio Gov. John Kasich

—Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul

—Former New York Gov. George Pataki

—Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry

—Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum

—Businessman Donald Trump

—Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

—Florida. Sen. Marco Rubio has been invited and is working out details on when he could participate.

South Carolina holds the South’s first Republican presidential primary on Feb. 20. U.S. Sen. Tim Scott has also been holding town hall meetings with the Republican candidates, and his operation says all but Trump have accepted the invitation.

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