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SC GOVERNOR-REPUBLICANS

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina governor's race was supposed to be a wide-open contest this year, with Nikki Haley limited from pursuing a third term in office. South Carolina hasn't elected a Democrat as its governor in 20 years, and the Republican field of candidates to replace her naturally would have been varied - and crowded. But with Haley's early departure last year to join the Trump administration as U.N. Ambassador, Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster - an early Donald Trump supporter - was elevated to the governorship he'd long sought when the president-elect cleared the path. Now, McMaster has had the last year and a half to develop the mantle of an incumbent, tallying up economic development announcements and championing issues aligned with the president's priorities, like clamping down on sanctuary cities and restricting funding for groups affiliated with abortions. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 680 words, photos.

SOUTH CAROLINA-GOVERNOR-DEMOCRATS

COLUMBIA — Democrats in South Carolina face a familiar choice Tuesday when they choose their candidate for governor - do they pick a legislator trying to woo independents and some Republicans? Or do they go with a candidate outside the Statehouse less interested in moderation? State Rep. James Smith is the front-runner, a veteran who went to Afghanistan and spent 22 years in the South Carolina House before stepping aside for a run for governor. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 710 words, photos.

SOUTH CAROLINA-CONGRESS PREVIEW

COLUMBIA — Voters of South Carolina's 4th congressional district face a crowded field in Tuesday's primary. Some 13 Republicans and five Democrats are vying for the seat now held by Rep. Trey Gowdy. He announced his retirement from Congress earlier this year. By Christina L. Myers. SENT: 680 words.

BEACH SANTA

ISLE OF PALMS — On the Isle of Palms, it's a merry, merry day. Kids are squealing in the surf. Sunbathers sprawl out on their towels. Santa kicks back in his beach chair. Yep, Beach Santa — decked out in the big white beard, red swimming trunks and red muscle shirt with a few candy canes draped from the neck hem. By Bo Petersen, The Post and Courier of Charleston. SENT: 540 words, photos as an AP Member Exchange.

IN BRIEF:

— FLEA MARKET BODY, from CLOVER — Investigators think a man found dead inside a wall at a South Carolina flea market became trapped when he tried to break in the business. SENT: APNewsNow.

— MALL SHOOTING, from ANDERSON — Authorities say a man was shot inside a South Carolina mall after a confrontation outside a shoe store. SENT: APNewsNow.

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ELECTION TESTING

AP is moving election test reports for the June 12 South Carolina primary election on Monday and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays prior to testing, found in advisory queues: BC-SC_South Carolina Primary Election Testing / AP-SC_South Carolina Primary Election Testing.

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