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