McMaster a likely candidate for S.C. governor

John O'Brien Feb. 17, 2009, 4:00pm


MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Legal Newsline) - It looks like South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster will be attempting to become the state's governor next year.

The second-term Republican, long thought to be running, said Monday that it was "highly likely" that he will run for governor next year, according to a report on

McMaster has previously said that he will not make an official decision until after the 2008 elections. He made Monday's declaration in front of the Myrtle Beach Republican Club.

McMaster has been a U.S. Attorney, the first appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, and has four times been picked as chairman of the state's Republican party.

McMaster also served as the Chief Sergeant at Arms at last year's Republican National Convention in Minnesota.

Current governor Mark Sanford will not be able to run in 2010 because of term limits.

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