COLUMBIA, SC — Republicans running for lieutenant governor and state schools' chief should not expect help from the state's chief executive.
Gov. Nikki Haley said she will not endorse any candidates in the two-week runoffs for the state's second-in-command and Superintendent of Education, she told media after a news conference at the Governor's Mansion with U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, who won their primaries Tuesday.
Haley said she has stayed out of the races so far, and will continue to do so.
Molly Spearman of Saluda and Sally Atwater, widow of GOP operative Lee Atwater, finished ahead of six other Republicans in Tuesday's Republican primary and will face each other in a runoff on June 24.
Former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster took a strong lead in the GOP primary for lieutenant governor. But Pat McKinney, a Charleston real estate developer, and Mike Campbell, son of late S.C. Gov. Carroll Campbell, finished so close that a mandatory recount will be necessary to determine who advances to the runoff.