COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Former South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges has endorsed state Sen. Vincent Sheheen in his bid for governor.
Hodges was the last Democrat to win the governor's office. He said he believes Sheheen is the best candidate to lead Democrats to victory in November.
Hodges was a state House member from Lancaster when voters elected him governor in 1998. This is his first gubernatorial primary endorsement since Republican Mark Sanford defeated him in 2002.
Sheheen is a Camden Democrat. He faces state Sen. Robert Ford of Charleston and state education Superintendent Jim Rex in the June primary.
Republicans vying to replace Sanford are U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, state Rep. Nikki Haley, and Attorney General Henry McMaster.