McKinney drops out of Lt. Gov runoff race

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV/AP) -- Charleston businessman Pat McKinney confirmed Thursday afternoon that he was dropping out of the run-off election for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

He said the decision to leave the race were completely personal. He had said a day earlier that he was looking forward to restarting his campaign for the runoff.

That means Henry McMaster will face Mike Campbell in a runoff. Whoever wins that election will go on to face Democrat Bakari Sellers in November.

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.