Rep. Pope says he'll run for governor in 4 years

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Republican state Rep. Tommy Pope says he plans to run for governor in 2018.

The 51-year-old York representative and former prosecutor said Tuesday he made the decision after praying about it with his wife. Pope says a formal announcement is likely two years away.

Pope's comments come five months before voters decide who will be governor for the next four years. He is running for a third term in the House in November.

Pope was chief prosecutor for York and Union counties from 1993 to 2006, when he went into private practice.

He vaulted to nationwide fame in 1994 while prosecuting Susan Smith for killing her two sons by rolling her car into a Union County lake.

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