Pat McKinney withdraws from lieutenant governor race

After nearly securing a spot in the Republican primary runoff for South Carolina lieutenant governor, Pat McKinney announced his intention to leave the race.

The candidate issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying he instead wanted to focus on family.

“After much thoughtful prayer and consideration, I have decided to withdraw from the race for lieutenant governor. The primary campaign was hard fought, but it has also been personally challenging with Pam and me both recently losing our fathers. I am ready to once again be a full-time husband, father and grandfather,” he said.

McKinney said he would continue to be active in South Carolina politics.

“I will, however, promise you this: I will continue to fight to reform state government. I firmly believe that we need business leaders in state government, not more career politicians. I will spend time and resources to elect conservatives who fit that model,” he said.

McKinney and fellow Republican candidate Mike Campbell finished close enough in Tuesday’s primary to generate a recount. The winner would have faced Henry McMaster, who received the most votes Tuesday but failed to get the majority. Campbell and McMaster will now be on the ballot on June 24.

The winner of the GOP nomination will face Democrat Bakari Sellers.


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