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SC gubernatorial race

  • South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is facing voters one last time, seeking to become the longest-serving governor his state has ever had. The Republican McMaster faces Democrat Joe Cunningham in Tuesday's election. The state hasn't elected a Democratic governor since 1998. The 75-year-old McMaster is running for a second full term, which would give him 10 years in office since he finished the final two years of Nikki Haley's term. Cunningham is 40 years old and has taken up the age issue head-on. He has proposed a constitutional amendment to require South Carolina officeholders to leave their jobs at age 72.
  • Multimillionaire businessman John Warren has opted not to challenge South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster to a rematch of their 2018 GOP primary face-off. Warren said Thursday that he'd sit out this year's election to focus on the Bitcoin company he launched last year. There had been speculation Warren would mount a redo of 2018, when the businessman leveraged more than $3 million of his own money to fund his challenge of McMaster and force the incumbent to a runoff.
  • A leading anti-abortion group has picked South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster as its first state-level endorsement in next year's elections. The organization tells The Associated Press that it's part of a broader strategy to seed top jobs with abortion opponents as the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to give states more power over the issue. Officials from the Susan B. Anthony List will travel to Greenville on Wednesday to give their endorsement to McMaster, a Republican currently his second full term in office. Marjorie Dannenfelser, the organization's president, told The Associated Press that McMaster's key role in a case challenging Mississippi's new abortion law makes him "a hero in defending life" and a good fit for their group.
  • Age-eligible South Carolina children would be required to show proof of coronavirus vaccination in order to attend public schools in the state, under a proposal introduced by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mia McLeod. The effort was rolled out Tuesday as part of the state senator's plan to boost South Carolina's lagging coronavirus vaccination rate, if she's elected to its top office in 2022.
  • Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham is rolling out a plan to boost South Carolina's COVID-19 vaccinations. The former congressman said Monday that the number is low due to a lack of leadership by Republican Gov. Henry McMaster.