4 SC Republicans run for lieutenant governor nod

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Four Republicans are seeking the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in South Carolina.

The GOP candidates in Tuesday's election all want to use the office as a bully pulpit for their ideas on taxes and senior citizen issues. They are Florence County Councilman Ken Ard, Army reservist Bill Connor, former state Insurance Director Eleanor Kitzman, and former judge Larry Richter.

A majority of the vote is needed to avoid a runoff.

The winner will face Charleston lawyer Ashley Cooper, the only Democrat running.

The lieutenant governor presides over the Senate and succeeds the governor if needed. South Carolina is among 18 states where the two are elected separately.

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer is seeking the Republican nomination for governor.

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