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Small business group backing McMaster in SC governor race

October 1, 2018
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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster talks about rising floodwaters after Florence struck the Carolinas, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, near Wallace, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A small business group known for backing Republicans announced its support Monday for Gov. Henry McMaster as he seeks his first full term in office.

Representatives of the National Federation of Independent Business South Carolina PAC appeared in West Columbia with the Republican governor and running mate, businesswoman Pamela Evette, to announce the endorsement.

Just five weeks remain until the Nov. 6 general election, when McMaster faces Democratic state Rep. James Smith. Sunday was the final day of fundraising for the final quarterly filing before the election.

A statement from NFIB State Director Ben Homeyer says McMaster has worked to attract new businesses and industries, with a pro-business attitude already evident during his two terms as attorney general and time as lieutenant governor.

“Henry McMaster is the clear choice for South Carolina’s small businesses,” Homeyer said. “Since becoming governor, he has worked hard to improve economic development throughout the state.”

McMaster got the top job early last year, when Gov. Nikki Haley left to become U.N. Ambassador. The former lieutenant governor has backing from President Donald Trump, whose 2016 candidacy he was the first statewide-elected official in the nation to support.

Both campaigns suspended operations for a time last month as Hurricane Florence threatened the state. Details for debates between McMaster and Smith are expected to be announced soon.

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