MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Republican South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster won his primary election race on Tuesday.
“I am honored at the trust and confidence South Carolinians have placed in me as their Governor,” McMaster said in a social media post. “Peggy and I would like to thank everyone for their support. Let us continue working together. Let’s keep winning. The best is yet to come.”
If he wins the general election in November and completes that term, he will become the longest-serving governor in the state’s history.
McMaster defeated Harrison Musselwhite, a trucker and former businessman who said he was running to allow open carry of guns, prevent any government vaccine mandates and eliminate state income taxes.
McMaster mostly let his governing do his campaigning. He reminded voters how the state’s economy is booming and how he tried to carefully tailor COVID-19 restrictions when the pandemic started.
Former congressman Joe Cunningham won the Democratic nomination, defeating Mia McLeod, Carlton Boyd, Calvin CJ Mack McMillan and William Williams.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.