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The Latest: GOP’s McMaster, Democrat Smith vie for SC gov

November 6, 2018

FILE-In this Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 file photo, Democratic state Rep. James Smith answers a question during a South Carolina governor debate with Gov. Henry McMaster at Greenville Technical College, in Greenville, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster is seeking his first full term in office Tuesday against Smith. (Lauren Petracca/The Post And Courier via AP, File)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on South Carolina elections (all times local):

7:05 a.m.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s bid for a full four-year term in office is culminating.

Polls opened Tuesday morning and will close at 7 p.m. as South Carolinians decide between the incumbent Republican and Democratic state Rep. James Smith.

McMaster became governor last year, when he took over after Nikki Haley was chosen as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations by President Trump. McMaster is a loyal supporter of the president, who is backing McMaster’s bid.

South Carolina has not elected a Democrat as governor since Jim Hodges in 1998.

Smith has been in the South Carolina House for 20 years. He resigned his position as an attorney with the South Carolina National Guard to become a combat officer after the Sept. 11 terror attacks and served in Afghanistan.

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1:25 a.m.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster wants voters to give him a full term in the office he’s held for nearly two years.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday as South Carolina chooses between McMaster and Democratic state Rep. James Smith.

McMaster has been in the office since early last year, when he took over following Nikki Haley’s departure to become U.N. Ambassador. McMaster is a loyal supporter of President Donald Trump, who supports him in this election and has campaigned for him in the state.

South Carolina hasn’t elected a Democrat as its governor in 20 years.

This is the first election in which South Carolina elects its governor and lieutenant governor on a ticket. Both McMaster and Smith have chosen women as their running mates.

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