COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Lieutenant governor candidate Pat McKinney is dropping out of the race, leaving Mike Campbell to advance to the GOP primary runoff.
McKinney spokesman Taylor Hall said McKinney decided Thursday afternoon to end his campaign. Hall said McKinney was not giving interviews.
Former Attorney General Henry McMaster had a decisive lead in Tuesday's primary, taking 44 percent of the vote.
Second place between McKinney and Campbell was too close to call, with both taking roughly 24 percent. But McKinney was slightly leading.
An automatic recount was expected to occur Friday.
McKinney was the first Republican to jump into the race last fall. Hall says the retired Kiawah Island developer is ready to be a full-time husband, father and grandfather again.