Mason-Dixon Polling & Research conducted a survey of the South Carolina GOP gubernatorial primary where new Governor Henry McMaster (R) is gearing up for a challenge from three fellow Republicans. The first public poll looks good for the Governor, who ascended to his position from the Lt. Governor’s post when the state’s former chief executive, Nikki Haley (R), resigned to become US Ambassador to the United Nations in the Trump Administration.
According to the M-D data (12/6-10; 625 SC registered voters; 400 Republican regular primary voters), Gov. McMaster would lead former state cabinet secretary Catherine Templeton, 51-21%, while Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant garners only 8% support, and former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill secures just 1% backing. The South Carolina primary is June 12th, with a June 26th run-off if no candidate secures a majority vote.
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