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McMaster wins re-election

Henry McMaster was re-elected as governor of South Carolina on Tuesday, defeating Democratic state Rep. James Smith. According to the South Carolina Election Commission, McMaster received 54 percent of the state’s votes. 

“Together we will keep South Carolina moving in the right direction,” McMaster said in a tweet early Tuesday encouraging people to vote. 

Democratic incumbent James Clyburn was also reelected to the U.S. House of Representatives, receiving about 71 percent of votes in District 6, which includes USC's campus. 

Much of the focus in the Palmetto State shifted towards District 1, which includes Charleston, late in the night as Democratic attorney Joe Cunningham took a surprise late lead over Republican Katie Arrington. Cunningham officially flipped the district at about 2 a.m., securing just enough votes to avoid an automatic recount.

Republicans Joe Wilson, Jeff Duncan, William Timmons, Ralph Norman and Tom Rice were all victorious in their respective House districts. 

These results come as national results created a divided Congress. Democrats gained control of the House, gaining more than 23 seats. Meanwhile, Republicans increased their majority in the U.S. Senate. 

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