Former SC legislator announces run against DeMint

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A former South Carolina legislator and judge has officially launched his bid to oust Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.

Democrat Victor Rawl opened his campaign on Monday in North Charleston. Rawl appeared at state party headquarters in Columbia, and plans to attend Monday evening's Democratic conventions in Spartanburg and Greenville counties.

The 64-year-old is in his first term on the Charleston County Council. He is a former circuit court judge who served four terms in the legislature.

DeMint is seeking a second Senate term in November. He served three terms in the U.S. House before winning the Senate seat in 2004.

In the June primary, Rawl will face former auto worker union executive Mike Ruckes of Summerville. Rock Hill attorney Chad McGowan withdrew from the Democratic race last month.

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