S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster secures two new endorsements in Aiken County

October 11, 2018

Two Aiken-area leaders have endorsed S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster’s gubernatorial campaign.

Both Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon and Aiken County Council Chairman Gary Bunker announced their formal support for the incumbent governor during a small rally on Wednesday.

“I absolutely endorse this man,” Osbon said, standing on stage at the Aiken Municipal Building. “He’s been incredible to the party.”

Bunker, during his endorsement speech, retraced his own Republican roots and recollected his previous work alongside the governor. In a follow-up interview, Bunker said he offered his endorsement because McMaster is a “solid conservative Republican” who also has “been a party builder.”

Osbon, during the Republican primary, endorsed then gubernatorial-hopeful John Warren.

Since then, the mayor said, he’s steered toward McMaster’s camp because of the governor’s responsiveness, “good track record” and “leadership on economy,” among other things.

“I’m proud to be supportive,” Osbon said.

Earlier this year, a herd of Aiken County-based Republican lawmakers – state Sen. Tom Young as well as state Reps. Bill Taylor and Bart Blackwell – announced their support of the governor.

“Donald Trump and Henry McMaster make a great partnership,” Taylor said at the time, “and South Carolina will benefit from that.”

McMaster is facing state Rep. James Smith, a Columbia Democrat, in the coming election.

On Wednesday, McMaster urged South Carolinians to get out and vote come Nov. 6.

“We have an opportunity in this state, in this election, to keep this course, keep us going,” the governor said.

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