We keep having to hit the reset button on the 2018 governor’s race in South Carolina … a contest that up to this point has refused to sit still long enough for us to conduct a proper evaluation.
Where do things stand now? For the moment, next spring’s “Republican” primary election (the only race that matters) is shaping up to be a three-candidate affair … barring any last-minute surprise entries, anyway.
Those candidates are: Incumbent governor Henry McMaster of Columbia, S.C. (the career politician), attorney Catherine Templeton of Mount Pleasant, S.C. (the attractive newcomer) and lieutenant governor Kevin Bryant of Anderson, S.C. (the social conservative crusader).
A fourth candidate, former lieutenant governor Yancey McGill (the former Democrat) is also in the race, but as of this writing his campaign has yet to break into the top tier.