Gov. McMaster wins S Carolina runoff over Warren

WCBD | 6/27/2018 | Staff
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Latest on the South Carolina primary runoffs (all times local):

9:50 p.m.

South - Carolina - Gov - Henry - McMaster

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination for a first full term in office, after President Donald Trump publicly embraced him at a rally and followed up with a tweet encouraging voters.

McMaster defeated Greenville businessman John Warren in Tuesday's primary runoff.

President - Trump - McMaster - Twitter - Tuesday

President Trump congratulated McMaster on Twitter Tuesday night:

McMaster became governor when Nikki Haley left the office in 2017 to join the Trump administration as U.N. ambassador. As lieutenant governor, McMaster was the first statewide elected official in the country to back Trump's candidacy.

Runoff - McMaster - Warren - White - House

The runoff pitting McMaster against Warren threatened to embarrass the White House if the governor fell short. Trump has a mixed track record when going all-in for candidates.

McMaster was unsuccessful in his previous bid for the governorship in 2010, losing a four-way GOP primary to Haley.

South - Carolina - Attorney - General - Alan

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has won the Republican nomination for a third term.

Wilson beat state Rep. Todd Atwater in unofficial results in Tuesday's runoff.

Wilson - Percent - Vote - June - Primary

Wilson picked up 48.6 percent of the vote in the June 12 primary just under the majority needed to avoid a runoff.

Atwater hammered Wilson on ethics, saying he tried to stop the prosecution of a political consultant he once used after giving the case to a different prosecutor.

Wilson - Attorney - General - Corruption - Campaign

Wilson says no attorney general has ever fought corruption as hard as he has. His campaign also says Atwater had no prosecutorial experience.

Wilson will face Democrat Constance Anastopoulo in November's election.


7 p.m.

Voting has now wrapped up in South Carolina's runoff elections.

Polls - Pm - Tuesday - Problems - Election

Polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, and no major problems were reported. Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire says some polls lost power as a line of thunderstorms moved through the northern half of the state Tuesday afternoon, but battery backups in poll...
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