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SC Lt. Gov. McMaster backs Hayes in Senate race

S.C. Sen. Wes Hayes, R-York, and S.C. Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster (right)
S.C. Sen. Wes Hayes, R-York, and S.C. Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster (right)

S.C. Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster is endorsing state Sen. Wes Hayes, R-York, in his re-election bid, putting him on the opposite side of another race from GOP Gov. Nikki Haley.

Republican McMaster, who presides over the Senate, also is backing two other Senate incumbents who face contentious re-election battles against GOP primary challengers who Haley has endorsed.

In a statement from Hayes’ campaign, McMaster said Hayes is “one of the finest men I’ve ever known. He is a man of character, honor and trust. Time and time again, when Republican senators go into battle, they seek Wes Hayes' leadership on huge issues like ethics, fixing our roads and education.”

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