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SC Gov. Haley to endorse Myrtle Beach attorney in state Senate race

Reese Boyd, candidate for S.C. Senate District 34
Reese Boyd, candidate for S.C. Senate District 34

Gov. Nikki Haley is endorsing Myrtle Beach attorney Reese Boyd in the GOP primary for District 34 state Senate seat, which state Sen. Ray Cleary, R-Georgetown, will vacate when his term expires.

The Republican governor was to attend a 5 p.m. Tuesday reception for Boyd at the DeBordieu Clubhouse in Georgetown.

Boyd and three others are running for the open Senate seat, including state Rep. Stephen Goldfinch, R-Georgetown, who Haley and the pro-Haley political group, A Great Day SC, oppose.

The PAC is running ads in the three state Senate races.

The PAC’s leader, Tim Pearson, has said Haley is opposing Goldfinch, whom she campaigned for in 2014, because he voted to raise the gas tax without lowering income taxes enough to produce a net tax cut for S.C. residents.

Later this week, Haley heads to Florence and Myrtle Beach to endorse Florence County GOP chairman Richard Skipper and Scott Pyle who are challenging S.C. Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, and Sen. Luke Rankin, R-Horry, respectively.

The endorsements are part of an effort to shake up leadership in the state Senate by ousting leaders that Haley sees as blocking her agenda.