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McMaster, Warren make campaign pitches in Florence stops

June 23, 2018 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – Both candidates in the race for the Republican nomination for governor, incumbent Henry McMaster and John Warren, made campaign stops Friday in Florence.

McMaster’s tour bus made a stop at Block and Vino Neighborhood Butcher at 11:30 a.m. Friday, four days before a primary election runoff.

“Let’s stand tall,” McMaster said. “Don’t back down. Let’s keep going. Go as fast as we can. And we are winning like we are winning. Let’s don’t change the leadership. Let’s don’t get rid of the experienced coach that’s bringing this team forward and put in a rookie.

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“No, let’s give the coach four more years, and let’s win, win, win.”

McMaster has been South Carolina’s 117th governor since then-Gov. Nikki Haley official resigned to become the United States ambassador to the United Nations, and he automatically moved up from lieutenant governor. McMaster also has served on the State Committee on Higher Education, as South Carolina’s attorney general, as the U.S. attorney for the District of South Carolina and as chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party.

By receiving 42.31 percent of the votes, McMaster finished first in the Republican primary on June 12.

Warren appeared at Bazen’s Family Restaurant for a breakfast event hosted by the Florence County Republican Party and the Florence County Republican Women.

“My wife and I look at this as going to Columbia as an eight-year deployment to fight a political insurgency on behalf of the good people of South Carolina,” Warren said. “I’m dead serious when I say that, because it is. There’s no violence in Columbia, but the goals of some of the people in Columbia are mafia-like. And the people of South Carolina are tired of it.”

Warren, a former Marine who served four years on active duty – including a tour in Ramadi, Iraq – is a combat veteran and the founder of Lima One Capital, a specialty mortgage company.

Warren finished second in the Republican primary with 27.83 percent of the vote.

The runoff for the Republican nomination is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Republican nominee will face Democrat James Smith and the American Party of South Carolina’s Martin Berry in the Nov. 6 general election.

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