Pat McKinney received his first formal endorsement from an elected official in his GOP bid for S.C. lieutenant governor.
U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-Indian Land, endorsed the Charleston developer who is challenging Republican Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell next year.
McKinney "is a common-sense conservative whose experience in business and the private sector will allow him to bring a much-needed perspective to state government,” Mulvaney said in a statement released by the McKinney campaign. “I’m confident Pat will work to create a pro-business environment and reform state government to make it more efficient and effective. Pat is a leader we can trust.”
McKinney, a political newcomer, also received endorsements from three former S.C. commerce secretaries.
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McConnell has not announced whether he will seek re-election or concentrate on efforts to become the president at his alma mater, the College of Charleston.
State Rep. Bakari Sellers of Denmark is the only Democrat to announce for the final race where the S.C. lieutenant governor will run alone. Starting in 2018, the governor and lieutenant governor will run on the same ticket.