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Henry McMaster, John Warren to face in runoff for GOP governor nomination

Gov. Henry McMaster [L], John Warren (WCIV)

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, an early supporter of President Donald Trump, has been forced into a runoff for the Republican nomination.

McMaster was the top vote getter in Tuesday's primary but failed to win the 50 percent necessary to avoid a runoff. Now, he and Greenville businessman John Warren are headed for a second contest June 26.

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The vote tested the heft of Trump's endorsement in South Carolina, where McMaster became governor last year following Nikki Haley's departure to serve as U.N. Ambassador. As lieutenant governor, McMaster was the nation's first statewide elected official to back Trump ahead of South Carolina's early presidential primary.

McMaster was unsuccessful in his 2010 gubernatorial bid, losing a four-way primary to Haley. The GOP nominee faces Democratic state Rep. James Smith in November.

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