A Democratic legislator from Rock Hill has ended his effort to unseat a Republican congressman in South Carolina’s Fifth District after just one week.
State Rep. John King, D-Rock Hill, told The Herald newspaper that he will not run against US Rep. Mick Mulvaney. King had submitted his filing papers and paid a $3,500 fee just one week earlier. He told the newspaper he has already asked the State Election Commission to remove his name from the ballot.
The move leaves University of South Carolina administrator Fran Person as the only Democratic candidate on the ballot against Mulvaney this fall. Person is a former USC football player and staffer for Vice President Joe Biden who lives in Tega Cay.
King, a funeral home owner, has represented parts of York County in the South Carolina House since 2010. He has no opposition for reelection in November.
Mulvaney has served in Congress since 2011. He is the favorite to win the seat, but also faces perhaps the closest race among any of South Carolina’s seven congressional seats due to the Fifth District’s demographics. He also faces a Republican primary opponent Ray Craig in June.