Henry McMaster, Governor of South Carolina, will be coming to the campus of Coastal Carolina University for a campaign stop as the primary for the 2018 gubernatorial election is less than two months away.
McMaster is currently finishing out the remainder of the second term of former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, who became the Ambassador to the United Nations four days after Donald Trump was sworn in as president.
McMaster served as the Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina from 2015 to 2017 under Haley’s administration. McMaster also served as the state’s Attorney General from 2003 to 2011.
Caroline Anderegg, Communications Director for McMaster’s campaign, says that the Governor plans to “discuss his background, what his administration has accomplished in the last year, and his vision for building upon on that success to make South Carolina the best place to live, work, and get a good education.”
“We, of course, value our time on college campuses because college-aged voters are instrumental in helping spread our message during a political campaign,” says Anderegg.
In a recent poll, with a sample size of 400 people, conducted by Target-Insyght, a nonpartisan Michigan-based research and polling firm, McMaster is leading by 24 percent over Catharine Templeton, former Director of the Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Alli Reilly, a history major at Coastal Carolina University, says she is looking forward to the governor coming to campus.
“It is going to be exciting for our students,” said Reilly. “We have a lot of interesting student organizations on campus and I know they are all excited for him to come. We look forward to members of the community to come out and all faculty and staff are going to be invited.”
With McMaster being backed by President Trump, Reilly says that just adds to the buzz that is already forming around his visit to Coastal.
“That just makes the spotlight on McMaster a lot larger and Coastal is now a part of that spotlight with this visit,” said Reilly. “Coastal has grown so much in recent years, whether it is student growth or our athletic programs doing so well and their move to the Sun Belt. This event will give the university more recognition.”
While Coastal Carolina is hosting the governor’s campaign event for reelection and faculty and staff are invited, Coastal refrains from providing comments regarding political candidates and campaigns.
McMaster will be speaking at Johnson Auditorium in the Wall College of Business. The event is set to begin 7 p.m.