Gov. Henry McMaster (R), who assumed the state’s top position when then-incumbent Nikki Haley (R) became US Ambassador to the United Nations, is expected to seek election to a full term next year. He has already drawn opposition from Catherine Templeton (R), who previously served as state Labor Department and Health and Environmental Control Department Secretary, and former Democrat-turned-Republican Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill. Now, the man who replaced Mr. McMaster as Lt. Governor, as elected by the legislature, admits to be considering his own gubernatorial candidacy. Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant (R) must now be added to the list of viable potential candidates. The South Carolina primary will be held a year from now. If no candidate receives a majority, a run-off election between the top two finishers is held two weeks later.
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