Gov. Henry McMaster and his running mate Pamela Evette accompanied South Carolina Republican Party Chair Drew McKissick as he presented the party’s certified candidates to the State Election Commission on Wednesday.
This year marks the first election in which the governor and lieutenant run on the same ticket.
“We’ve just certified our entire statewide Republican ticket and we’ll be getting ready to kick off our statewide victory effort now,” McKissick said. “Which is an integrated campaign working to elect everybody from the statewide constitutional officers down to the county-council level.”
“This is a historic day in South Carolina,” McMaster said. “This discussion of having the governor and lieutenant governor run as a team has been a goal of the political parties as well as the citizens for a long time.”
He noted there have been several instances where South Carolina’s governor and lieutenant governor were from separate parties, most recently when Republican Gov. Nikki Haley spent the final six months of 2014 with a Democratic lieutenant governor Yancey McGill (although he later switched to the GOP during a gubernatorial campaign this year). [Read more…]