Templeton camp confident she will face McMaster in runoff

VIDEO: Templeton confident she will face McMaster in primary runoff

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Catherine Templeton is hoping to take the first step toward the Republican nomination for governor of South Carolina.

She took aim at Gov. Henry McMaster from the first day she entered the race.

Templeton, who is a Mount Pleasant attorney, brought her entire family to her voting precinct Tuesday morning. Afterward, she said she is the clear choice for governor.

"We want to make sure we have someone who has both the record which I do," she said. "They call me the buzzsaw because I can cut government regulations, cut the "middle boys," cut expenses. If they want somebody that's actively doing something they can point to it."

Her camp is confident they will be in the runoff election scheduled for June 26.

Templeton says she is in this race for the service, not the paycheck, and says if she wins, she will not run again.

McMaster took office in 2017 after then-Gov. Nikki Haley resigned to take the job of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

In addition to Templeton, McMaster faces fellow Republicans Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, Greenville businessman John Warren, and former Lt. Gov. Yancy McGill.

Polls close at 7 p.m.

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