SC Senate postpones votes to fill leadership role

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Democratic Sen. Yancey McGill says he's ready to leave his Senate seat to temporarily become lieutenant governor, but wrangling over leadership postponed a vote.

The 26-year Senate veteran from rural Williamsburg County said Tuesday he's willing to move forward when Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell resigns. If the Senate elects McGill as its president pro tem, he would then step into the vacated No. 2 post.

The Senate was expected to then vote on its next leader. But a dispute over both posts caused the Senate to abruptly adjourn.

GOP senators say one Republican wants overnight to consider whether to challenge McGill. A Democrat has not held the seat since January 1995.

McConnell says his resignation letter is written. His new job as College of Charleston president begins July 1.

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