Gov. Henry McMaster speaks to the crowd in the William-Brice Kimbel Arena on the Coastal Carolina campus Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Conway, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Trump to test his powers in South Carolina runoff

June 24, 2018 - 10:36 am

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump's effort to bend the Republican Party to his will faces its next test Tuesday in South Carolina where voters are choosing between two GOP gubernatorial candidates.

The president has already made his pick: incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster, who failed to win the GOP primary outright earlier this month.

The White House is throwing everything into the race to save McMaster, and Trump himself heads to the state on Monday to stump for him.

But McMaster is in a runoff against businessman John Warren, a first-time politico who some see as more like Trump himself. So when voters go to the polls, they'll be deciding in part which is more meaningful: a Trump endorsement, or a candidate who embodies some of Trump's outsider credentials.

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