- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina’s lieutenant governor says a member of Donald Trump’s transition team has asked if he’s interested in being attorney general.

Henry McMaster also says he’s been told that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is being considered for secretary of state.

McMaster tells The Associated Press he was contacted Wednesday. The former U.S. attorney and two-term state attorney general declined to specify who on the team called him.

In January, McMaster became the first statewide officeholder to back Trump. His endorsement split with Haley, who endorsed and campaigned with Marco Rubio for South Carolina’s first-in-the-South presidential primary. When Rubio dropped out, she backed Ted Cruz.

Haley criticized Trump throughout the contest.

Trump won South Carolina’s primary by 10 percentage points.

McMaster says that primary victory gave Trump a “stamp of approval” and was pivotal in getting him elected.

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