Warren Gets Backing

Templeton, Bryant Give Support

June 14, 2018 - 10:53 am

By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Greenville businessman John Warren is getting a major boost in his quest to unseat Gov. Henry McMaster in the Republican campaign for governor.

Warren's campaign tells The Associated Press he's getting endorsements Thursday from Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant and former public health chief Catherine Templeton.

Though McMaster led Tuesday's GOP primary, he only managed to secure 42 percent of the vote. Warren, Templeton and Bryant received a combined 56 percent. Warren finished second and the endorsement of his former rivals could be enough to push him over the top.

McMaster and Warren will debate next week in Newberry and face voters in a June 26 runoff. The winner will face Democratic Rep. James Smith and American Party candidate Martin Barry in November.

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