President Trump's visit to SC could make the difference for Tuesday's runoff election


COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) -- Jenna Nelson is voting absentee ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Columbia Monday.

The president will rally support for governor Henry McMaster against Greenville businessman John Warren. “I think the reason he's coming is to energize his own base, I know he's trying to get votes out for McMaster,” Nelson said. “I know that there are a lot of people, a growing percentage in this state, that just don’t like what they are seeing in the governor's mansion.”

USC political scientist Bob Oldendick said Tuesday's runoff between McMaster and Warren remains competitive and Donald Trump’s visit could be what makes the difference for the governor. "A lot of the base and McMaster's support is here, if he were going to Greenville I think that John Warren has more support up there," Oldendick said. “I think there was a little bit of a surprise not so much that there was a runoff but the fact that it is john warren and not Catherine Templeton.”

Last week, former rivals Catherine Templeton and lieutenant governor Kevin Bryant endorsed Warren. Since then he's picked up several other endorsements from elected officials in the state. Templeton and Bryant bought in a combined 56 percent in the GOP primary vote.

According to most polls, McMaster has the edge in Tuesday's runoff, but Oldendick said anything could happen. “To bring in Donald Trump at this point is just kind of making sure that you don’t leave any stones unturned in terms of next Tuesday's election,” Oldendick said.

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