Greenville businessman Mike Campbell said Friday that he plans on staying in the Republican race for lieutenant governor.
Campbell intentions to continue in the race come just one day after second-place finisher Charleston real estate developer Pat McKinney dropped out.
Campbell says he intends to continue his campaign efforts before the June 24 runoff against former Attorney General Henry McMaster. McMaster’s 44% of the vote beat the third-place Campbell by 20 percentage points in Tuesday’s primary.
“We’re in this race to stay in this race and to win it,” Campbell said confidently. “I think there’s a clear choice to the voters here.”
Campbell said his strategy leading up to the primary was simply travelling around the state and talking to people about the issues that concerned them. He said a key to his success will be to continue spreading his message of protecting small businesses and supporting senior citizens.
“I’m very proud of what we just accomplished going through this process with the limited resources that we had,” Campbell said. “That was so much of just us going out and talking to the people and our message resonating with the seniors and taking a very realistic approach to what the lieutenant governor’s office actually does.”
After hearing that McKinney and fourth place finisher Ray Moore threw their support to McMaster, Campbell shrugged it off saying he wasn’t too concerned with endorsements.
“A lot of the feedback we’re getting from individuals is very, very positive,” Campbell noted. “Obviously endorsements are great. They’re wonderful, but elections aren’t about endorsements they’re about the people that you’re going out there trying to represent.”
Campbell also said he plans on running a TV ad before the runoff.
South Carolina Radio Network’s Patrick Ingraham filed this report