|| by Will Galloway ||
Columbia – In an email to activist, operatives, and party officials sent out to party officials yesterday, allies of former Lt. Governor and longtime member of the South Carolina Senate Yancey McGill confirmed that he intends to enter the 2018 Gubernatorial Election.
McGill, who served for most of his career as a democrat, albeit a fairly conservative one, switched parties in the spring of last year and will join the republican field.
The republican primary had initially appeared to be a massive, sprawling ordeal reminiscent of the 2016 presidential primary. Lt. Governor Henry McMaster, Attorney General Alan Wilson, Congressman Mick Mulvaney, former SCDHEC chief Catherine Templeton, and powerful state Rep. Tommy Pope were all set to enter the primary, along with a host of other businessmen, legislators, and lawyers.
However, after President-elect Trump appointed Governor Nikki Haley to the U.N. position, Trump ally Henry McMaster is set to enter the campaign as an incumbent. Due to this, the prospective field has cleared.
So far, only McMaster and McGill have entered the fray. Templeton has indefinitely postponed the announcement of her decision.