Warren picks up more Upstate endorsements

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – The Upstate businessman facing Gov. Henry McMaster in a run-off picked up more support Friday.

The new endorsements for John Warren come one day after former opponents Kevin Bryant and Catherine Templeton threw their support behind him.

Friday, Dan Hamilton, who came in third place in the 4th Congressional District race, was joined by other well-known Upstate government officials including Lee Bright, William Timmons, Josh Kimbrell, Greenville Mayor Knox White, and Spartanburg County Clerk of Court Hope Blackley.

7News asked about an unsourced post on the political blog Fits News alleging “aides working on behalf of Henry McMaster” reached out to Hamilton, who was involved in a recount of votes in the race for the 4th Congressional District.

The blog alleges that McMaster aides reached out to Hamilton willing to fund a protest to this week’s election, potentially delaying the run-off in the 4th District, which could in effect, suppress the vote in the Upstate where Warren had the most support.

“That kind of stuff is the worst of the worst in politics and exactly why people are turned off by the political process. Each of the races should stand alone on their own. People in the 4th District, people in the Upstate of South Carolina should have their voice heard in both of those races and there should be no cross over in terms of any lawsuits or those kinds of things. I have no intent whatsoever of delaying any race in the 4th District for anyone else’s benefit,” said Hamilton.

7News followed up asking if Hamilton was, in fact, contacted by anyone in McMaster’s campaign on this issue.

“There was some folks who did reach out regarding that,” said Hamilton.

When asked by 7News if he would name the person who reached out Hamilton declined to answer only calling them “someone with close enough ties to the McMaster camp to make the offer.”

“They did it in a way that it wasn’t officially they’re campaign,” said Hamilton. 

Responding to the allegations, McMaster’s spokesperson Caroline Andregg called them “110% false” and demanded that Hamilton “name names” if true.     

Regardless of the back-and-forth between the two campaigns, Hamilton reiterated to 7News he had no plans to protest Friday’s recount of the votes.

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