McMaster Defeats Warren in Republican Primary Runoff

June 27, 2018, 8:58 am EST | Share:

COLUMBIA, SC (BILL BURR, WTAT-TV) — South Carolina’s grand ole party is in a party mood this morning after an extended primary season because of the runoff. Republican’s across the state made their decision by selecting incumbent Governor Henry McMaster as the torchbearer for the party in the November general election.

McMaster tallied 54% of the vote to Warren’s 46%. In Charleston County, Warren won by a 1.46 margin but lost out to McMaster in Dorchester County by a 6.17 point margin and Berkeley County to a 4.26 point margin.

“Just as I’ve been in office I’ve announced $6 billion dollars in investment and almost 21,000 jobs. That is a record and it’s getting stronger and stronger every day. We’re going to keep on doing that,” said McMaster at his victory party late Tuesday night.

McMaster’s win comes after two high-profile visits in the past few days. Over the weekend Vice President Mike Pence campaigned for the Governor in Conway while President Trump campaigned for the governor on Monday in West Columbia.

While we’re not quite sure of the impact of those visits had on the results of Tuesday’s election, one this is for certain: the Governor says he’s poised to take on his Democrat challenger, James Smith coming up this fall.

Meanwhile, John Warren also spoke to supporters at his watch party in Greenville. He said losing that race was tough but he’s just thankful for all of the support that he’s received over the past few months.

“I’ve said from the beginning that we are so blessed to live in the greatest state in the entire country,” he said. “That has only been solidified over the past five months and I will continue to believe that the heart of our great state is all of you and the thousands of people across South Carolina.”

Warren won his home county by a 42.11% point margin.