AP: McMaster wins GOP runoff for lieutenant governor

June 24, 2014 

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Former Attorney General Henry McMaster is the Republican nominee to be South Carolina’s lieutenant governor.

Early returns Tuesday show McMaster trouncing Mike Campbell by a two-to-1 margin.

The 67-year-old Columbia resident ran on his experience, saying he has the knowledge to get things done. McMaster was a U.S. attorney during President Ronald Reagan’s first term and state GOP chairman from 1993 to 2002 before being elected to two terms as attorney general.

McMaster had a strong lead in the four-way GOP primary two weeks ago, taking 44 percent of the vote. But he needed more than 50 percent to avoid a runoff.

Campbell actually finished third. But he advanced to the runoff when second-place finisher Pat McKinney bowed out.

McMaster will face 29-year-old Democratic state Rep. Bakari Sellers in November.

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