South Carolina primary election results: McMaster to face Cunningham for governor

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Former Representative Joe Cunningham won the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor of South Carolina on Tuesday and will face incumbent Republican Governor Henry McMaster, who successfully defended his nomination in a landslide victory in the primary.

Cunningham, 40, has made a concerted effort to compare his age and sensitivity to social issues with McMaster, who is 75. Cunningham promised sweeping changes to social issues such as marijuana use, transgender participation in sports, gambling and abortion.

“McMaster is the governor of the past. I’m running to be the governor of the future,” Cunningham said after his victory.

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McMaster, who started as a lieutenant governor, initially took over as a replacement for former Governor Nikki Haley after she left office to join former President Trump’s administration.

After completing Haley’s two years, he won his first term in the last election and is seeking a second.

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A victory in November would make him South Carolina’s longest-serving governor in history.

FILE - Masked Camden Elementary School students listen to South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster speak to them Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 in Camden, South Carolina
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FILE – Masked Camden Elementary School students listen to South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster speak to them Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 in Camden, South Carolina
(AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

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So far this primary season, a Trump-endorsed candidate has yet to eliminate a GOP incumbent who ran through the former president. But that changed on Tuesday when South Carolina state legislator Russell Fry convincingly defeated five-term Rep. Tom Rice in the Republican primary in South Carolina Reliably red 7th congressional district.

Fry crushed Rice by a two-to-one margin according to unofficial results and went over 50% to win and avoid a runoff in two weeks.

Trump celebrated in a social media post on Truth Social, writing that “the biggest news of the night so far is that Russell Fry defeated Impeach Master Tom Rice with a vote of over 51%, so WIN OUTRIGHT without needing a run – Rice only got 24%. Congratulations to Russell on a great campaign!”

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