The Citadel Republican Society is honoring Steve Bannon Friday

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Three candidates competing to be South Carolina's next governor will be on hand when The Citadel Republican Society honors Steve Bannon.

The former White House strategist is receiving the Nathan Hale Patriot Award at the group's annual dinner in Charleston.

He will be introduced by former state labor chief Catherine Templeton, who has stayed in touch with the Breitbart News chief since the Trump administration courted her for a U.S. Labor Department job. She is framing herself as an establishment-challenging outsider beholden to no interest groups.

Gov. Henry McMaster's campaign has confirmed that he'll be on hand. Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant has purchased several tables and says he is looking forward to attending.

Bannon hasn't made an endorsement in the South Carolina governor's race. McMaster has the backing of President Donald Trump.

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