Sen. Tim Scott (R) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R) “are weighing a joint run for governor and lieutenant governor in 2018. … A decision on a run is expected by year’s end.
“South Carolina voters will elect a governor and lieutenant governor on the same ticket for the first time in 2018. … If elected as the state’s first African-American governor, the 51-year-old from North Charleston [Scott] would get to continue the legacy as a history-making state leader looking to forge a new vision of the South based on inclusiveness and conservative principles. Gowdy, 52, has made it no secret he doesn’t like living away from his family in Spartanburg.
“Scott and Gowdy have become extremely close friends since they first arrived in Washington, D.C., in 2010 as congressmen. … They have also been traveling the state holding listening sessions with faith leaders and law enforcement officers to bridge trust gaps between the two communities.” Neither man through spokespeople confirmed nor denied the report. (Charleston Post & Courier)