Occupation: Attorney, former lobbyist. Drake has been a partner at Columbia's Nelson Mullins law firm since 1983.
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Education: Bachelor's degree, political science, University of Georgia, 1967; law degree, USC, 1972
Political experience: Drake was legal counsel to former Gov. John West and later managed the campaign of former Gov. Dick Riley. Drake also was Riley's legislative liaison. His lobbying clients include Altria, AT&T, Boeing, BMW and General Electric.
Web site: dwightdrake.com
Political experience: Elliott says this is his first bid for public office.
Education: Attended Wayne State and Grambling State universities
Political experience: Member, S.C. Senate, 1993 to present
Web site: robertfordforgovenor.com
Education: Bachelor's degree, Wofford College; law degree, USC
Political experience: None
Web site: mullinsmcleod.com
Occupation: College administrator; former teacher and coach
Education: Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, University of Toledo
Political experience: S.C. education superintendent, 2006 to present
Web site: jimrex.com