COLUMBIA - Former Republican candidates for statewide office let bygones be bygones on Wednesday, when they gathered that the South Carolina GOP Unity Luncheon.

The event, which took place in Columbia, featured Gov. Nikki Haley, and U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott. Scott and Graham spoke via speakerphone, when Graham's connection through Skype failed.

But other attendees included former superintendent of education candidates, Sally Atwater, Amy Cofield and Meka Childs. Molly Spearman, who won the Republican nomination in the race on Tuesday, was also present.

And lieutenant governor hopeful Henry McMaster was also present, along with Mike Campbell, who lost to McMaster in the runoff on Tuesday.

During her speech Haley commended the candidates for putting themselves out there to get beat on by the press and through social media. She said she also could relate to the candidates, having been in their shoes four years ago.

Haley encouraged Republicans to work together from now through November. She also asked them to reach out to Spearman, who was caught in a contentious race against seven other candidates.

"Now it's time to understand what she is for," Haley said. "Because I talked to her about how she and I are going to continue to fight common core in South Carolina."

No Charleston Republican lawmaker was in attendance. And locally, only Sens. John Courson, R-Columbia, and Katrina Shealy, R-Lexington, were present.

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