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McMaster wins GOP nomination for governor in S.C. primary

Gov. Henry McMaster
Gov. Henry McMaster(Mary Green)
Published: Jun. 14, 2022 at 7:54 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Republican South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster won his party’s nomination for a second full term Tuesday, while five Democratic gubernatorial candidates were vying for their party’s nomination.

“Things are going wild in Washington, the southern border, inflation, prices, policies in our national government are not positive for our people. In South Carolina, we are doing things right, and we are an example for the rest of the county,” said McMaster.

Five candidates were seeking the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s primary: former U.S. 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.

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

McMaster defeated Harrison Musselwhite, a trucker and former businessman who said he was running to allow open carry of guns, prevent any government vaccine mandates, and eliminate state income taxes. McMaster mostly let his governing do his campaigning.

He reminded voters how the state’s economy is booming and how he tried to carefully tailor COVID-19 restrictions when the pandemic started.

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