SC GOP lt gov contenders spent $3M to be nominee

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's four Republican candidates for lieutenant governor spent a combined $3 million on their quest for a job that pays less than $50,000.

Campaign finance reports filed this week show Republican nominee Ken Ard heads into November $300,000 in debt.

Democrat Ashley Cooper has $183,000 on hand. Cooper had no primary opponent. He'd raised $250,000 by June 30 and put in $6,300 of his own money but has no debt. He's spent $78,000.

Ard had raised $403,000. He put $185,000 of his own money into the race and borrowed $300,000. He has less than $4,000 cash available.

The biggest spender was Larry Richter. He spent almost $1 million, after putting in $326,000 and borrowing $550,000. He finished third in the June 8 primary.

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