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Gov. Henry McMaster touts Trump endorsement in new digital ad

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President Donald Trump speaks at a 2017 campaign fundraiser for Gov. Henry McMaster in Greenville. File/Sam Holland /Special to The Post and Courier

COLUMBIA — As Gov. Henry McMaster ramps up his campaign to retain his spot as South Carolina's top official, he released a new web video Thursday highlighting his endorsement from President Donald Trump.

The new minute-long digital ad features a clip of Trump during a Greenville fundraiser last year saying McMaster, a Columbia Republican, is "going to be, for many years, a great governor."

In narration over the video, McMaster cites 17,000 new jobs and more than $5 billion of investment from economic development projects that have come to the state in his first year in office since taking over from Nikki Haley.

He vows to take South Carolina to "even greater heights."

"We finally have a president in the White House who believes in the people of our country — creating good-paying jobs and giving opportunity to people everywhere," McMaster says. "We must do the same in South Carolina."

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The latest video is part of a five-figure digital ad buy that McMaster's campaign recently launched on Facebook, Instagram, Google and email.

Last week, McMaster's campaign put out a web video highlighting the anti-Trump history of an outside group supporting one of his Republican opponents, former two-time state agency head Catherine Templeton.

Four challengers are running against McMaster in June 12's GOP primary: Templeton, Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill, and Greenville businessman John Warren and Templeton. Three candidates are running in the Democratic primary.

Follow Jamie Lovegrove on Twitter @jslovegrove.

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