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A politically fractured County Council chooses a staunch conservative as its leader as longtime chairman Butch Kirven steps aside. Meadows won the key role leading the county in a seven-minute meeting in which there was little discussion.

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The last-minute unity bid come as Harrison has sought to elevate third-party candidate Bill Bledsoe in the closing weeks of the race, running ads and sending out mailers to Republicans that call Bledsoe "too conservative" and "too pro-Trump" in an apparent attempt to peel off conservative voters from Graham's right flank.

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Pence helped kick-off U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's reelection campaign a year and a half ago with rallies in Myrtle Beach and Greenville, and his return to the state could be an effort to help South Carolina's Republican incumbent close the deal in a race that has become much more competitive than initially expected.

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