COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has won his party’s nomination for a second full term.
McMaster handily defeated one challenger in the primary, Harrison “Trucker Bob” Musselwhite of Greenville.
In November, the incumbent governor will face Joe Cunningham, who served one term in the U.S. House.
McMaster has served as governor since 2017 when he took over the position from Nikki Haley, who resigned to take a job in then-President Donald Trump’s administration. He was then elected to his first full term in 2018.
The governor has a long history of public service in the Palmetto State, also serving as lieutenant governor and attorney general.
He spoke to supporters Tuesday night shortly after being declared the winner.
“We got a lot of work to do,” McMaster said. “And if things go the way we’re expecting, the way we’re hoping, we’ll have four good years to get a lot more things done.”
“I’m honored at the trust and confidence that people have placed in me in their governor and [first lady] Peggy and I want to thank everybody for their support tonight and in November,” the governor continued.
Should he secure a second full term, McMaster would become the longest-serving governor in the state’s history.