State primary is Tuesday, will Donald Trump have an impact?
Will the South Carolina governor’s race be a referendum on President Donald Trump?
South Carolina voters go to the polls Tuesday in a year in which the state will vote on a governor.
Incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster, who was South Carolina’s lieutenant governor at the time, was one of the first to endorse Trump. Since, Trump won the GOP nomination and he was elected president. Trump then appointed S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. With Haley’s departure, McMaster became governor.
Trump has not wavered in his support for McMaster, and on Saturday Trump voiced support for McMaster, via Twitter, just three days before the Palmetto State’s primary.
Trump Tweeted on Saturday: “Henry McMaster loves the people of South Carolina and was with me from the beginning. He is strong on Crime and Borders, great for our Military and our Vets. He is doing a fantastic job as your Governor, and has my full endorsement, a special guy. Vote on Tuesday!”
McMaster responded: “I am honored to have the full support of President Donald Trump. He will go down as one of the greatest presidents in history, and together we will keep South Carolina winning, winning, winning! Vote on June 12!”
McMaster is being opposed in the GOP primary by four other Republicans. To be nominated as governor on the Tuesday ballot, McMaster must get 50 percent of the vote. If he does not, there will be a run-off between the top two vote-getters.
Below is a list of Republican gubernatorial candidates:
Gov. Henry McMaster
Greenville businessman John Warren
Mount Pleasant attorney Catherine Templeton
Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, R-Anderson
Former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill, R-Kingstree
There are also three Democrats running in the primary Tuesday to be their party’s nominee:
State Rep. James Smith, D-Richland
Florence attorney Marguerite Willis
Charleston business consultant Phil Noble
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