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S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster ‘taking nothing for granted’ ahead of election

November 6, 2018 GMT

Days before voters hit the polls, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster is both confident and circumspect.

“We feel good,” McMaster said following a get-out-the-vote rally in downtown Aiken. “The people we’ve met all around the state are enthusiastic.”

About 40 people — including local lawmakers who earlier endorsed the governor’s campaign — attended the Sunday afternoon event.

McMaster said his chance of winning the election “looks good.” But, he said, “you never know until the day comes.”

“We’re not taking anything for granted,” the governor said. “We want every vote, because you never know. Elections are highly unpredictable.”

McMaster, who became governor in 2017, faces state Rep. James Smith, a Columbia Democrat, on Nov. 6.

During his Sunday speech, McMaster described his competition — Smith and his running mate, state Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell, D-Lancaster — as “nice people” who happen to be “wrong on their philosophies.”

The Smith camp has been touring the state recently, as well.

McMaster’s Aiken visit was one of the last stops on a statewide bus tour designed to electrify voters and further his optics in the political home stretch. McMaster made a tour stop in Aiken in the lead up to the primary election, as well. He secured four Aiken-area endorsements at the time.

The governor said this bus tour, which running mate Pamela Evette was again a part of, was meant to remind people to vote, remind people why they should vote, and remind people what he represents.

“So we’re working hard, we’re taking nothing for granted,” McMaster said.

Evette, during her respective speech, urged rally attendees to vote — and to tell a friend to vote.

“Call 10 of your friends, and make them understand how important this election is,” Evette said. “Let them understand the differences and why they need to get out and not to let anything stop them.”

Aiken County sided with McMaster during the Republican primary and the successive runoff.