Warren gets backing from Templeton, Bryant in SC gov race

Warren gets backing from Templeton, Bryant in SC gov race

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS/AP) - Greenville businessman John Warren is getting a major boost in his quest to unseat Gov. Henry McMaster in the Republican campaign for governor.

Warren's campaign tells The Associated Press he's getting endorsements Thursday from Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant and former public health chief Catherine Templeton.

"I am honored to have the support of Catherine Templeton and Kevin Bryant," said Warren. "We are continuing to build the conservative movement every day to take on the status quo and root out corruption."

Though McMaster led Tuesday's GOP primary, he only managed to secure 42 percent of the vote. Warren, Templeton, and Bryant received a combined 56 percent. Warren finished second and the endorsement of his former rivals could be enough to push him over the top.

"I am proud to stand with John Warren and endorse his candidacy," said Kevin Bryant. "John is the conservative leader South Carolina needs."

In a statement released Thursday, Templeton made her decision clear. She said:

As I have said over and over - we need an outsider with business experience who can't be bought.

McMaster and Warren will debate next week in Newberry and face voters in a June 26 runoff. The winner will face Democratic Rep. James Smith and American Party candidate Martin Barry in November.

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