Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster's support for Donald Trump is unwavering, he says

Published: Oct. 20, 2016 at 6:35 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - As people weigh in on how their candidate of choice came out of Wednesday night's final presidential debate, South Carolina Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster says his support of businessman Donald Trump is unwavering.

McMaster, a Republican, of course, says Trump won over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and believes Trump did enough to overcome his widening deficit in the polls.

But, McMaster believes the media misinterprets Trump's point not to reveal if he will accept the election results, saying he thinks Trump will wait to make that decision once votes are certified and no fraud is determined.

Others, like Sen. Lindsey Graham, tweeted Wednesday night that it's a disservice to the Republican Party and the country when Trump calls the election rigged. McMaster sees it differently.

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"Is rigged may be a pretty good word for that," McMaster said. "I don't think that he means that all over the country, all the election officials are going to try to throw the election. I don't think anybody is saying that. But there are a lot of things happening this time that I have never seen before and it mainly stems from the widespread opposition."

From the latest word on Trump accepting results, he says he will accept them if he wins, but wants to reserve the right to challenge them otherwise.

"To say that he would not accept, I read that until the votes are counted and certified and it's been certified, determined there's no miscounting and no fraud in the vote, certainly he will have to accept," McMaster said.

The latest polling average from Real Clear Politics put Trump behind Clinton by about six points. McMaster believes Trump can still make up that difference with 19 days until the election.

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