McConnell will not run for old Senate seat

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - Newly sworn in Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell will not seek his old Senate seat and will complete his term as Lt. Governor.

McConnell was sworn in as South Carolina's new Lt. Gov. on Tuesday, just days after former Lt. Gov. Ken Ard resigned and pleaded guilty to campaign fraud. On Thursday, someone in McConnell's Columbia office confirmed he will finish out his term as Lt. Gov.

After Ard's resignation, McConnell gave up his powerful position as Senate President Pro Tem and Judiciary Committee chairman to assume a role largely viewed as ceremonial. Members of the Senate elected John Courson as new president pro tem.

McConnell said he's reluctant to step into the role of lieutenant governor and does not want the job. But he said he will do his duty as required by the state constitution.

Ard was sentenced to five years of probation and 300 hours of public service for campaign finance violations.

A special election will take place for McConnell's Charleston County senate seat. Filing would begin at noon on March 30 and end at noon on April 9. The special election would be on July 17.

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