SC-Gov: In mid-November Republican Catherine Templeton, who served as head of the state health department under Gov. Nikki Haley, said she was planning to announce her 2018 campaign in January. Templeton was planning to campaign to succeed the termed-out Haley, but Donald Trump threw a big wrench in Templeton’s plans when he nominated the governor to serve as his ambassador to the United Nations. In the likely event that Haley is confirmed, Lt. Gov. Henry McMasters will become governor, and he’ll enter the 2018 GOP primary with incumbency on his side.
Templeton hasn’t ruled out challenging McMasters, but the unexpected state of events has definitely altered her plans. Templeton told The Post and Courier this week that she was calling off her planned January campaign kickoff and fundraiser. Templeton now says she “can announce our intentions in the spring,” but won’t do any fundraising for now.
SC-05: There are a ton of Republicans looking to run in the likely special election to succeed Rep. Mick Mulvaney, who is Donald Trump’s nominee for head of the Office of Management and Budget. However, state House Majority Leader Gary Simrill has announced that he’ll sit this one out.