South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster was forced into a runoff election after failing to receive enough votes in Tuesday night’s Republican gubernatorial primary, despite an endorsement from President Donald Trump.
McMaster, who succeeded current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, was up against four other Republican candidates in the important primary election, but failed to receive the necessary 50 percent of the vote. The current Republican governor received 44% of the vote compared to his closest opponent, businessman John Warren, who received 25.7% of the vote, Politico reported.
The results come days after Trump endorsed McMaster in a tweet, saying he is “doing a fantastic job” as governor and said he “is strong on Crime and Borders, great for our Military and our Vets.” (RELATED: South Carolina Lt. Gov. McMaster Endorses Trump)
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018
The winner of the June 26 runoff will take on liberal candidate Rep. James Smith, who won the Democratic primary, in the Nov. 6 general election.
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