Charleston lawyer Mullins McLeod announced today that he’s dropping out of the Democratic race for South Carolina governor. Lachlan McIntosh, McLeod’s general campaign consultant says that he will endorse Democratic candidate Senator Vincent Sheheen of Camden.
Sheheen says, “I think that he decided it was in the best interest of the party and the best interest of the state for us to work together and for us to pursue the race.”
McLeod is the first to leave what previously was a five-way race among Democrats. On the Republican side, Berkeley Senator Larry Grooms dropped out of the GOP’s five-way race last month.
Sheheen has raised far more campaign cash than his Democratic opponents. In his January report, Sheheen had raised more than $958,000. Columbia lobbyist Dwight Drake had more than $510,000, followed by McLeod, $482,000.
Sheheen says Democrats stand a great chance to win this race.
Sheheen says he has appreciated McLeod’s message, of not running purely on a label. Sheheen says he lives in a GOP-leaning district and has been repeatedly elected as a Democrat.
The primaries are June 8.