Henry McMaster wins GOP gubernatorial primary runoff race vs. Warren
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - After two weeks of campaign ads, a debate, and an election eve rally from President Donald Trump, the Associated Press has called the GOP gubernatorial primary runoff race for the incumbent Henry McMaster over Upstate businessman John Warren.
"Our team, ladies and gentleman right now, extends from the White House to the state house to your house," said McMaster. "And that's the most powerful team there is!"
The candidate will face James Smith, the Democrat who ran away with the victory on June 12, in the Nov. 6 general election.
Warren had two former GOP opponents - Kevin Bryant and Catherine Templeton - quickly joined to endorse the Upstate businessman and Marine after the primary.
McMaster had one major endorsement carrying him throughout this election season: President Donald Trump. Trump was front and center for a rally at Airport High School on Monday. The president spoke on a myriad of topics, but did manage to call McMaster a "strong...gentleman."
"As President Trump says, we're gonna keep on winning, winning, winning in South Carolina," said McMaster. "Winning, winning, winning!"
Warren seemed unphased by the lack of Trump support and continued to campaign against a regime change led by McMaster.
Despite the attacks, McMaster appeared strong in the pair's only debate and upbeat after the presidential visit.
Smith released a statement Tuesday night, saying:
"I would like to congratulate Governor McMaster on his victory tonight. We know that this election is about the people of South Carolina and their future and while Henry McMaster would suggest that all is well, he is not willing to tell the truth. As South Carolinians we love our State but we all know we deserve better," Smith continued, "As the next Governor of South Carolina, I will bring our State together to deliver the education our kids deserve, improve access to high quality healthcare for all and increase economic opportunity for rural and urban South Carolina. As your Governor and Lt. Governor, Representative Mandy Powers Norrell and I will transform a culture of corruption in Columbia to a culture of service."
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