COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has won his first full term in office. With the victory, he’s achieved the office he’s held for two years but long sought to win on his own merit.
The Republican defeated Democratic state Rep. James Smith in Tuesday’s general election.
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McMaster became governor when Nikki Haley left the office in 2017 to join the Trump administration as U.N. ambassador.
As lieutenant governor, McMaster was the first statewide elected official in the country to back Donald Trump’s candidacy.
McMaster was forced into a primary runoff earlier this year, defeating GOP businessman John Warren. Trump stumped for his ally, making an eleventh-hour visit to the state to campaign for McMaster.
WATCH Rep. James Smith’s full speech: