Politics & Government

Sanford primary opponent drops out

U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford may have avoided a primary challenge in his Charleston-area congressional district.

On Friday, Charleston businessman Ted Fienning announced he was dropping out of the 2018 Republican primary in South Carolina’s 1st District.

“My wife Molly and I have realized that we need to focus on our two young sons and growing our businesses,” Fienning said.

Fienning’s decision leaves Sanford without an announced challenger. A week ago, Tom Perez of Charleston dropped out saying an overseas deployment with Perez’s Naval Reserve unit would impede his ability to campaign.

The former S.C. governor is expected to run for a third full term in the U.S. House next year.