Gov. Haley says she needs a lieutenant governor

      By BRUCE SMITH and SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley says South Carolina shouldn't be left without a lieutenant governor for five months.

      She said Friday that Senate President Pro Tem John Courson may be required to step into the state's soon-to-be vacant No. 2 position. But the post has been vacant before, most recently from 1965-1967.

      Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell told The Post and Courier of Charleston he plans to resign from the post next week. McConnell starts his new job July 1 as president of the College of Charleston. But stepping aside from presiding over the Senate frees him to advocate for a bill creating a research university attached to the college.

      Courson has said he will not relinquish his Senate seat to temporarily become lieutenant governor. He did not immediately return messages Friday.

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