#SCGOV: Warren Taps McKinney

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|| by Will Galloway ||

Columbia – Greenville businessman, former Marine officer, and GOP candidate for Governor announced today that lowcountry developer and former Ports Authority leader Pat McKinney as his running mate.

Warren, widely considered a top-tier contender in the GOP primary, becomes the third Republican to name a running mate. Henry McMaster selected upstate businesswoman Pamela Evette, and former bureaucrat and labor lawyer Catherine Templeton selected Greenville solicitor Walt Wilkins.

Who Is McKinney

Pat McKinney is a retired real estate developer who has worked in Charleston, Kiawah Island, Hilton Head, and Isle of Palms. He was an early supporter of Nikki Haley’s 2010 campaign, and served as a member of her transition team. McKinney was a candidate for Lt. Governor in 2014, and Haley later appointed him to the SC Ports Authority Board.

Why Did Warren Pick Him?

McKinney adds geographic diversity to Warren’s upstate-headquartered campaign, and McKinney is well respected in both GOP grassroots circles and among the business community.

Will It Work?

Maybe. Warren’s campaign appears to have serious momentum headed into the June 12 primary, and it seems very possible that McKinney will be a strong surrogate for him on the campaign trail. We’ll find out very quickly, as Republicans head to the polls very soon. Warren will need to finish in the top two in a five way race between McMaster, Templeton, Kevin Bryant, and Yancey McGill to advance to the runoff.

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