Special election set for McGill's Senate seat

Photo: S.C. Senate Democratic Caucus

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A special election will be held in November to fill the Senate seat vacated this week when Democrat Yancey McGill became lieutenant governor.

The state Election Commission said Thursday the election will be Nov. 4, coinciding with the general election.

Candidates who want to fill the remaining two years of McGill's term can file between July 4 and July 10. Primaries will be Sept. 2.

The vacated seat covers Williamsburg County and parts of Berkeley, Florence, Georgetown and Horry counties.

McGill was sworn in Wednesday as lieutenant governor, minutes after senators elected him president pro tem. The Kingstree Democrat ascended under the constitution's lines of succession after Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell resigned.

McGill will remain lieutenant governor until voters' choice for the next four years takes office in January.

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