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March 6, 2014

ELECTION 2014: Rick Wade drops out of U.S. Senate race

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S.C. Democrats can’t keep a candidate in a race.

Rick Wade, the former Obama Administration official and cabinet head under Gov. Jim Hodges, said Thursday that he will end his U.S. Senate race against Republican Tim Scott.

“I certainly had no illusions about being able to match a multimillion-dollar campaign war chest," he said. "But after a couple of months as a candidate, I've concluded that the timing of my entrance -- less than a year before Election Day -- had compressed the calendar too much for me to raise the money needed to mount a serious challenge.”

Wade had been the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic nomination to face Scott in the November general election. Scott, the 1st District congressman, was appointed to the Senate by Gov. Nikki Haley after Jim DeMint, R-Greenville, resigned in December 2012.

His withdrawal comes a day after state Rep. Mike Anthony, D-Union, said he would quit the race for state education superintendent.

Wade’s withdrawal leaves only long-shot Democratic candidate Joyce Dickerson, a Richland County councilwoman, to oppose Scott in November.

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