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Age: 45

Residence: Bonneau

Family: Married to Carol Anderson; three children

Occupation: President/CEO of GTI

Education: Bachelor's degree, Clemson University

Status: Declared

Political experience: Elected to the Senate in 1997

Why he's running: Grooms is among the most conservative members of the General Assembly. He will do well with so-called values voters, who are mainly evangelical Christians.

What he must overcome: Grooms is not well-known across the state; he is known for championing socially-conservative causes and must expand to other issues to expand his base.

In June, voters will choose a Democratic and a Republican nominee for governor. Voters will go to the polls again in November 2010 to elect the state's next chief executive.

Over the next few months, The State will publish profiles of the candidates seeking the state's highest office. Our goal is to give voters a better sense of who the candidates are and why they are running.

U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett - The congressman from Oconee County raised $500,000 in the second quarter; cash on hand, $975,011.

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer - Bauer, of Columbia, raised $121,764 in the second quarter. Bauer spent $50,553. He now has $570,376 on hand.

State Sen. Larry Grooms - $3,500, with same total on hand

State Rep. Nikki Haley - The Lexington state representative raised $204,000 in the second quarter and now has $193,555 cash on hand.

Attorney General Henry McMaster - McMaster, of Columbia, raised $232,490 in the second quarter after raising $300,000 in the first quarter. McMaster ended the quarter with $1.1 million in cash on hand.

SOURCE: S.C. Ethics Commission