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Democrat Joe Cunningham to face Republican Henry McMaster in S.C. race for governor


In South Carolina, former Congressman Joe Cunningham has won the Democratic primary for governor, according to a call by The Associated Press.


Cunningham will face incumbent Republican Gov. Henry McMaster in November who also won his Tuesday primary, according to the AP.


Voters in the deep-red state haven't elected a Democratic governor in nearly 25 years, but Cunningham has a history of upsetting the political status quo. In 2018, he flipped the state's 1st Congressional District red to blue. His tenure lasted only one term before losing to Republican Congresswoman Nancy Mace. For some, though, it's a sign that Cunningham can win against Republicans in South Carolina.


..."I can tell you it's gonna be a tough race," Cunningham said at a Democratic debate Friday, "but I can tell you that I am up for that challenge."