It’s Democrat Joe Cunningham vs. Republican Gov. Henry McMaster in November
Former Charleston congressman Joe Cunningham won a five-way Democratic primary to challenge Gov. Henry McMaster, pitting the youngest of all the gubernatorial candidates against the oldest governor in South Carolina’s history.
Cunningham handily avoided a runoff with more than 55 percent of the primary votes, with his closest opponent, state Sen. Mia McLeod, trailing 25 percentage points behind as of late June 14, with about 96 percent of the vote counted.
After his victory was called, Cunningham summed up how he’ll frame the upcoming election.
“Henry McMaster is a governor of the past, and I’m running to be the governor of the future,” he told more than 100 supporters at the Music Farm in downtown Charleston.
“South Carolina, it’s time for us to move forward together, to turn the page on the past and write a new chapter for our state,” he added.