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Gov. Henry McMaster re-nominates in South Carolina as Democrats oppose him

COLOMBIA, SC ( Associated Press) – Republican South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster won his party’s nomination for a second full term on Tuesday while five Democratic gubernatorial candidates vie for his party’s nomination.

If McMaster wins the general election in November and completes his term, he will become the longest-serving governor in the state’s history.

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The governor defeated Harrison Musselwhite, a trucker and former businessman who said he was running to allow guns to be carried open, halting any government vaccine mandates, and eliminating state income taxes.

McMaster mostly let his regime do its campaign, reminding voters how the state’s economy is booming and how he tried to carefully tailor COVID-19 restrictions when the pandemic began. He has raised $5 million for his re-election bid.

Governors in South Carolina are limited to two four-year terms, but if McMaster wins the primary and November election, he will have the chance to serve an unprecedented 10 years in office. That’s because after Nikki Haley resigned in January 2017 to take a job in the administration of then-President Donald Trump, she was automatically moved from her lieutenant governor seat to the role. McMaster served Haley’s final two years before being elected on his own in 2018.

Five candidates are seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination: former US House member Joe Cunningham, State Sen. Mia McLeod, health care administrator Carlton Boyd, barber and musician Calvin “CJ Mack” McMillan and Vietnam veteran and former postal worker William H. “Cowboy” Williams.

Most of the attention has been focused on Cunningham and MacLeod, who have also raised the most money. Cunningham has received $1.8 million, while McLeod has received around $500,000.

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Both candidates have spent time at local party meetings, trying to generate grassroots support and emphasizing their differences with McMaster rather than each other. In one of their debates on Friday after early voting ended, Cunningham and McLeod again spent more time targeting the Republican governor than their three Democratic opponents – only one of whom answered an invitation to debate.

McLeod also had a personal feud on Twitter with Democratic House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, suggesting infidelity and nepotism after Rutherford endorsed Cunningham and said that McLeod had been in the General Assembly during his 10 years. did very little.

McLeod often introduces herself as the first black woman to run for governor in South Carolina, though she says her main purpose of running is not to make history, but to make a difference. She said South Carolina needs an alternative to the string of “Republican Light” Democratic men who have run and lost the last five gubernatorial races.

Cunningham has campaigned with great promises, such as legalizing sports gambling and the recreational use of marijuana.

He also insists that he is in the best position to defeat McMaster. Cunningham cited his views and youth, and has repeatedly highlighted the 35-year age difference between himself and the governor. Cunningham is 40 years old. McMaster is 75 years old. Cunningham also argues that in his first four decades as a politician whatever the current governor is expected to accomplish with four more years of public service, should have been done.

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