South Carolina ETV says Tuesday night's televised debate is the first of its kind.
The Orangeburg event features the five Democratic Party hopefuls and five Republican Party candidates and their views on the environment and economic development.
Republicans had their first formal debate in Newberry last month. Democrats turned what was supposed to be a stump meeting into a debate the next night a few miles away in Prosperity.
Candidates are trying to build visibility for June's primary. The debate will be taped and then broadcast at 8 p.m. and streamed over the Internet.