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McMaster resuming campaigning for SC governor after Florence

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Henry McMaster and James Smith

Henry McMaster (left) and James Smith

COLUMBIA — Republican Gov. Henry McMaster is joining his challenger, Democratic state Rep. James Smith, in resuming campaigning for the governor's race.

McMaster is undertaking a "limited campaign schedule," a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The governor continues to deal with the widespread flooding in the Pee Dee from the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which struck near Wilmington, N.C., on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane before making a slow trek across South Carolina over the weekend. 

Smith resumed campaigning Monday after he ended a call-up with the S.C. National Guard for the storm. 

McMaster and Smith suspended their campaigns Sept. 17 while South Carolina braced for the then-powerful hurricane. 

Smith is trying to become the first Democrat to win the governor's seat since Jim Hodges 20 years ago.

McMaster, a former state attorney general and lieutenant governor, is trying to claim a full four-year term after being promoted to the office when then-Gov. Nikki Haley won confirmation as United Nations ambassador in January 2017.

The election, less than seven weeks away, is on Nov. 6.

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