Trump endorses Drew McKissick on Lin Wood for GOP chairman in South Carolina


Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday affirmed his support for longtime ally Drew McKissick in his bid for re-election for the South Carolina GOP presidency, shortly after attorney Lin Wood announced his intention to challenge him for the job.

“Drew McKissick has done an outstanding job as chairman of the South Carolina GOP, electing more Republicans in 2020 than over 140 years,” Trump said in a statement. “Drew fought all the way to the Supreme Court to defend our election laws – and won.

“He will continue to grow the party and help the Tories get elected in the Great State of South Carolina. Drew has my full and total support for his re-election!” he added.

Lawyer L. Lin Wood speaks at a press conference on election results in Alpharetta, Georgia, United States on December 2, 2020. REUTERS / Elijah Nouvelage - RC2AFK9OXUW5

Lawyer L. Lin Wood speaks at a press conference on election results in Alpharetta, Georgia, United States on December 2, 2020. REUTERS / Elijah Nouvelage – RC2AFK9OXUW5
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McKissick has been the state party’s president since 2017. Trump had already approved it with a handwritten note in February.

Wood was the subject of a national review earlier this year after promoting unproven claims that the Georgian state’s results in the 2020 presidential election were fraudulent. He did not work for the Trump campaign in an official capacity, but fought legal battles on behalf of the former president.

The Georgia State Bar launched an investigation in January to determine whether Wood was mentally fit to practice law. In February, state bar officials said Wood could face disciplinary action for potential violations of his code of conduct, Politico reported.

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The lawyer recently moved to South Carolina and confirmed his run against McKissick earlier this week.

“My decision to run for office was heavily influenced by my well-known desire to reform local and state political parties and return power to the people,” Wood said in a statement to the Post and Courier. “Here I want to return power and control of the South Carolina Republican Party to party members.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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