UPDATE 9:02 PM
As of 9:02 PM, with 30% of votes in, Henry McMaster is in the lead for Governor of South Carolina. He currently has 54.8% votes, while James Smith has 45.2% votes.
In January of 2017 Nikki Haley resigned her position, making McMaster the new governor.
Haley signed the official paperwork moments after the full Unites States Senate confirmed her to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United nations.
President Donald Trump Announced on Tuesday that Haley will leave her post by the end of the year to become the country’s lead representative at the global organization.
Sitting side-by-side in the Oval Office, Trump praised Haley as a "fantastic person" who has "done an incredible job" and said he would gladly welcome her back into his administration down the line.
UPDATE 11:48 PM
Around 11:37 PM, behind strong support from President Donald Trump and an improving economy, Henry McMaster was elected tonight to his full four-year term in South Carolina’s governor office.
After being promoted to governor in 2017, McMaster was rewarded for continuing a stream of economic development announcements, deftly handling hurricanes and maintaining his friendship with Trump, a popular figure among Republicans who dominate the state’s electorate.
According to the Associated Press, McMaster defeated Democratic State Rep. James Smith. The governor held a 56 percent to 44 percent lead with a large majority of precincts reporting.
As expected, the Republican-heavy Upstate region centered in Greenville was dominated.
McMaster’s election culminates nearly four decades in public service and political office, starting with his appointment at US attorney for South Carolina under Ronald Reagan in 1981.