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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster faces runoff challenger and Marine John Warren

For the Republicans, the AP has called a run-off between longtime President Donald Trump supporter and current Governor Henry McMaster against businessman and Marine John Warren. For the Republicans, the AP has called a run-off between longtime President Donald Trump supporter and current Governor Henry McMaster against businessman and Marine John Warren.

By MEG KINNARD
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is trying to hold off a hard-charging businessman who was a complete unknown in the state six months ago in Tuesday's Republican primary runoff election.

McMaster was one of President Donald Trump's earliest supporters and welcomed the president to West Columbia for an election-eve rally. Vice President Mike Pence also campaigned with McMaster in Myrtle Beach on Saturday.

But John Warren says his outsider candidacy makes him more like Trump than McMaster.

Warren is a millionaire businessman from Greenville and a Marine. He has endorsements from other challengers in the June 12 primary, and plenty of momentum against McMaster, who ascended to governor when Trump appointed Nikki Haley U.N. Ambassador.

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