Pat McKinney, one of four Republicans vying for the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor, debuted his first TV ad on Monday.
The ad introducing the Charleston developer and political newcomer to the voters will air over two weeks on broadcast and cable stations, his campaign said. The ad buy is about $200,000.
McKinney, an ally of Gov. Nikki Haley whom she appointed to the State Ports Authority, entered the race last year. His competitors in the June 10 primary -- Columbia businessman Mike Campbell, former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster and Columbia pastor Ray Moore -- all joined the race in March.
McKinney has raised $723,000, which includes a $245,000 loan.
The seat is open with Republican Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell becoming president at the College of Charleston.
Pat McKinney ad for S.C. lieutenant governor