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October 11, 2018

Smith was for Bernie’s health care plan before he was (apparently) against it

James Smith is running–not walking–away from his previous support of Bernie Sanders’ $32 trillion “Medicare for All” health care plan and the socialist’s political group that has endorsed him. Read More

McMaster for Governor Campaign Announces Veterans Coalition

October 10, 2018

Coalition Co-Chaired by Adjutant General Bob Livingston & Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Gen. Jim Livingston

COLUMBIA – Today, the McMaster for Governor campaign announced a coalition of veterans from across the state who have endorsed Henry McMaster in his re-election campaign. In addition to the strong backing from veterans, the governor also announced an initial list of legislative priorities for the upcoming year, which resulted from the governor’s Veterans Policy Advisory Committee. Click here to read the report, and see below for excerpts from today’s remarks and a list of coalition members. Read More

James Smith: Reactionary and Wrong

September 19, 2018

Smith’s “childish, middle school finger pointing” comes back to bite him

Element Electronics announcement that it received an exemption from tariffs yesterday left James Smith with egg on his face–again.

When James initially used Element’s potential woes in attempt to score political points, Fairfield Senator Mike Fanning–a Democrat–criticized his antics, calling the decision to use vulnerable jobs as a press conference prop to score political points “childish, middle school finger pointing.” Fanning went on to praise Governor McMaster as the “single, most-ready partner” to bring jobs to Fairfield County, where Element is based. Read More

James Smith Getting Cozy with Clinton BFF Terry McAuliffe

September 5, 2018

James Smith tapped 2020 liberal Democrat hopeful Terry McAuliffe to headline a swanky DC fundraiser for his campaign last night.

The former governor of Virginia has, by his own admission, been “best friends” with Bill and Hillary Clinton–who called 55% of South Carolinians backwards–for more than three decades and has taken family vacations with them for years. Read More

Out of touch much?

July 20, 2018

Smith hires Hillary Clinton staffer, gun control activist

Last month it was Dems in Disarray, with reports that James Smith was losing his top two campaign staffers–cycling through his third campaign manager. Read More

Henry McMaster wins GOP gubernatorial primary runoff race vs. Warren

June 26, 2018

WIS TV
By: Tanita Gaither, Digital Content Manager
Full article here

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – After two weeks of campaign ads, a debate, and an election eve rally from President Donald Trump, the Associated Press has called the GOP gubernatorial primary runoff race for the incumbent Henry McMaster over Upstate businessman John Warren.

“Our team, ladies and gentleman right now, extends from the White House to the state house to your house,” said McMaster. “And that’s the most powerful team there is!” Read More

York County Stands With Governor McMaster

June 20, 2018

Representative Tommy Pope Endorses Governor McMaster

COLUMBIA – Today, Speaker Pro Tempore Tommy Pope endorsed Governor Henry McMaster. Representative Pope joins a group of York County leaders in supporting the governor for re-election. Governor McMaster won York County with 52.5% of the vote on primary day, and we look forward to building on that momentum with this new wave of support. Read More

President Trump & Vice President Pence to Campaign for Governor McMaster in South Carolina

June 19, 2018

COLUMBIA – Today, the McMaster for Governor campaign announced that President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will campaign for Governor Henry McMaster in South Carolina ahead of Tuesday’s election. Vice President Pence will be in South Carolina on Saturday, and President Trump will be in town on Monday. Additional details on exact times and locations will be released tomorrow. Read More

The Lowcountry is McMaster Country

June 18, 2018

SPARTANBURG – This afternoon, a group of 35 conservative Lowcountry leaders and elected officials stood behind Governor Henry McMaster to give their endorsement for re-election. This comprehensive coalition reflects the strong working relationship the governor has with the Lowcountry and his understanding of how to lead the Team to keep South Carolina winning. Read More

NEW ENDORSEMENTS: McMaster Momentum Building

June 7, 2018

COLUMBIA – Following a successful first day on the #SCWinning Bus Tour, today the McMaster for Governor campaign made campaign stops in Anderson, Aiken, Lexington, and Mt. Pleasant. On top of the 155 business leader and legislator endorsements he received yesterday, the governor scored nine new endorsements today. Watch the Lowcountry endorsement video and see the full list of Henry McMaster’s endorsements below.

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#SCWinning Tour Day 1

June 7, 2018

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Statement from Former SCGOP Chair Karen Floyd on Henry McMaster’s Debate Victory

June 5, 2018

COLUMBIA – The McMaster for Governor campaign released a statement from former South Carolina Republican Party Chair Karen Floyd on Governor Henry McMaster’s victory in tonight’s debate:

“Under the leadership of Henry McMaster and President Trump, South Carolina is strong and getting stronger, and tonight showed the people of the state exactly why. Governor McMaster once again demonstrated why he is the only candidate in this race with the vision and the record to keep South Carolina moving in the right direction and why we cannot afford to risk the future of our great state with an unproven, untested, and unknown governor.”​ Read More

McMaster for Governor Announces #SCWinning Bus Tour

June 1, 2018

COLUMBIA – Today, the McMaster for Governor campaign announced a statewide bus tour heading into the final stretch of the Republican primary. Below is a tentative schedule for the tour. Additional details for each day of the stop are forthcoming. Read More

McMaster for Governor Campaign Announces Law Enforcement Leaders Coalition

May 31, 2018

Coalition Led by SC Sheriff of the Year Barry Faile

COLUMBIA – Today, the McMaster for Governor campaign announced a coalition of current and former law enforcement leaders who have endorsed Henry McMaster in his re-election campaign. As the only candidate with law enforcement experience, this coalition represents Governor McMaster’s unique understanding of what the law enforcement community needs to keep our state safe. Read More

McMaster for Governor Campaign Releases New Ad: “Winning”

May 30, 2018

COLUMBIA – Today, the McMaster for Governor campaign released a new ad highlighting why President Trump endorsed Henry McMaster. The ad entitled “Winning” reminds South Carolina voters that, in order to keep winning like Trump says, you don’t fire your coach and put in a rookie–you just keep winning.

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McMaster for Governor Campaign Announces Agribusiness Coalition

May 29, 2018

Coalition Led by SC Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers

COLUMBIA – Today, the McMaster for Governor campaign announced an Agribusiness Coalition of farmers endorsing Governor Henry McMaster. The coalition is led by South Carolina’s Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers. Read More

South Carolina Citizens for Life Endorses Governor Henry McMaster

May 25, 2018

LIFEPAC exclusively endorses McMaster in Republican Primary

COLUMBIA – Today, the McMaster for Governor campaign announced that LIFEPAC, the state political action committee for South Carolina Citizens for Life (SCCL), has exclusively endorsed Governor Henry McMaster in the upcoming Republican gubernatorial primary. Read More

NRA Exclusively Endorses Governor Henry McMaster

May 17, 2018

COLUMBIA – Today, the National Rifle Association (NRA-PVF) announced their exclusive endorsement of Governor Henry McMaster in the gubernatorial primary. The McMaster for Governor campaign released the following statement in response to this strong show of support to the nation’s longest-standing defender of the Second Amendment: Read More

James Smith Attacks Governor McMaster for Protecting Lives of Unborn Children

May 9, 2018

COLUMBIA – Yesterday, State Representative and likely Democrat nominee for governor James Smith attacked Governor McMaster for taking action to protect the lives of unborn children. This latest attack comes as no surprise after he embraced the endorsement from the pro-abortion Planned Parenthood machine just last week. James Smith’s stance on abortion is out-of-touch with South Carolina values, and voters will remind him of this at the polls when they re-elect Governor McMaster, a staunch defender of unborn children. Read More

ICYMI: Pamela Evette Shares Governor McMaster’s Plan for the Grand Strand

May 8, 2018

COLUMBIA – This morning, Pamela Evette joined the “Hot Talk” morning show on 99.5 FM in Myrtle Beach to discuss Governor Henry McMaster’s agenda. Last night she took his message to Horry County voters at their annual Rally at the River event, and today she joined the Myrtle Beach Republican Women on behalf of the governor. Together, Pamela and the governor are touching every corner of the state with their plan to build on our economic momentum, create good-paying jobs, protect South Carolinians, and much more. Listen to her full interview below. Read More

ICYMI: Governor Henry McMaster on Fox & Friends

April 27, 2018

COLUMBIA – In case you missed it, this morning Governor Henry McMaster appeared on Fox & Friends with Ainsley Earhardt to discuss the success South Carolina is enjoying under his administration and the benefits of President Trump’s tax cuts and business-friendly policies. Read More

Governor visits College Republicans, answers local questions

April 20, 2018

The Daily Gamecock

By: Larissa Johnson

Full article here.

Gov. Henry McMaster managed to connect an anecdote about his bulldog to Samsung’s expansion in South Carolina, all in response to a question about improving higher education. He met casually with a group of about 50 students, mainly members of the College Republicans, in Russell House Tuesday night to talk about his career and answer questions on major state and local issues.

“College students are at the perfect age to get involved in … public policy and government,” McMaster said. “It’s a great opportunity for me to encourage people to get take an interest in it. It’s your state, it’s your country, and you need to know what’s going on.”

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Gov. McMaster stumps in Florence, stresses safety and economic development

April 16, 2018

Florence Morning News
By: Matthew Christian

Full article here.

FLORENCE, S.C. – Gov. Henry McMaster and his running mate – Pamela Evette, a businesswoman from Travelers Rest – made a campaign stop Monday evening in Florence at a meeting of the Florence County Republican Women and the Florence County Republican Party at the Floyd Conference Center.

After being introduced by Mal Weatherly, chair of the Florence County Republican Party, and receiving a standing ovation from those present, McMaster began his speech by outlining his connection to the Florence and the Pee Dee region.

“Thank you very much,” McMaster said. “Now I need to point out that my momma was born on Cherokee Road, Ida Dargan. The Dargans go way back in this county.”

McMaster listed several cousins still living in Florence. The building McMaster gave his speech in, the Floyd Center, is named after another cousin, Eddie Floyd.

“We’re all over the place,” he said. “It’s just great. And my daddy’s family: Daddy’s father was from Winnsboro, and his momma was from Williamsburg County, but they moved here, and so my daddy was born here as well. And so Momma and Daddy being born here, I’m totally qualified.”

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Poll: McMaster holds double-digit lead over primary challengers

April 8, 2018

The Post & Courier

By: Caitlin Byrd

Full article here.

A new poll released Sunday shows South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster now has a 22 percentage-point lead over his closest GOP primary challenger, former two-time state agency head Catherine Templeton…

The results come from a poll of 800 S.C. registered voters — 400 Republicans and 400 Democrats.

Conducted by Target-Insyght, a nonpartisan Michigan-based research and polling firm, the survey found 46 percent of South Carolina voters would cast their ballot for McMaster if they could vote today, compared to 22 percent who said they would vote for Templeton.

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Gov. Henry McMaster hosts First Annual S.C. Vietnam War Veterans Day

March 30, 2018

Cola Daily

By: Terry Ward

Full article here.

Vietnam veterans were thanked and honored Thursday.

Gov. Henry McMaster in front of a crowd of veterans spoke at the first annual South Carolina Vietnam War Veterans Day at the South Carolina State House. U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson was also on hand for the event, along with many other dignitaries, including S.C. Adjutant General Bob Livingston.

“I want to thank all here, and those not here, who have participated mightily and in great sacrifice in making this the greatest country in the history of the world,” said McMaster. “There’s no doubt about it, and with the kind of strength and determination that has been exhibited by those here and others who are not here, we will remain in that position. This world cannot exist peacefully without a strong United States, and the United States cannot be strong without strong people who are willing to fight when the time comes”…

Read the full article here.

Governor McMaster Will Participate In Two Statewide Gubernatorial Debates

March 21, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Today, the McMaster for Governor campaign announced that Governor Henry McMaster will participate in two statewide debates hosted by the South Carolina Republican Party in conjunction with The Post & Courier and South Carolina ETV. The first debate will take place at Clemson on May 23, and the second at the University of South Carolina on June 5. Read More

Video Exposes Never Trump Forces Behind Catherine Templeton in South Carolina

March 13, 2018

Breitbart

By: Ben Kew

Full article here.

A new video by Gov. Henry McMaster (SC) exposes the Never Trump forces funding his primary challenger Catherine Templeton in South Carolina’s upcoming gubernatorial election.

The video, obtained exclusively by Breitbart News, shows Templeton’s ads as funded by the American Future Fund, a group that funded multiple attack ads against Donald Trump in the recent presidential election.

In 2016 alone, the organization spent $6.7 million in attacks against Trump, describing him as a “fraud,” “a phony,” and a “B.S. artist.”

“It should come as no surprise that one of the most anti-Trump groups of the 2016 election is supporting Catherine Templeton, who is known for flip-flopping and twisting the truth,” said McMaster’s campaign spokeswoman Caroline Anderegg in a statement to Breitbart News.

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SC Gov. McMaster has one big advantage over his opponents – for now

February 24, 2018

The State
By: Jamie Self
Full article here

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster has something no other candidate for governor has — a running mate.

Introducing herself to members of the Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women’s Club at the affluent River Hills Country Club Friday, Pamela Evette shared the story of how she became McMaster’s running mate.

Her upbringing in a recent immigrant family played a role. Then, there was her support for Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy. Finally, she met McMaster, another Trump fan, and he sold her on his passion for the state. Read More

ICYMI: Americans for Tax Reform Praises Governor McMaster

February 16, 2018

ATR Calls Templeton Attacks “False and Misleading”

COLUMBIA, S.C.  Highlighting his commitment to stand up for South Carolinians against tax increases, yesterday Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) founder and president Grover Norquist praised Governor Henry McMaster as “true friend of taxpayers.” ATR, widely considered the country’s preeminent authority on and champion for conservative tax policy, also defended the governor against a recent smear by one of his opponent’s, Catherine Templeton, calling her attack on the governor’s record “false and misleading.” Read more from ATR below: Read More

VP Mike Pence’s PAC Supports Governor Henry McMaster

February 9, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. – This week, Vice President Mike Pence’s leadership PAC announced it would be contributing to Governor Henry McMaster’s campaign. The McMaster for Governor campaign released the following statement in response to this latest show of support: Read More

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