WEST ASHLEY SC (WCSC) - Democrat Mary Tinkler was running against Republican House Speaker Bobby Harrell.
That all changed Thursday, after Harrell pleaded guilty to using campaign funds for personal expenses and agreed to resign from his house seat.
"It does change the game yes, absolutely," Tinkler said Thursday afternoon. "The whole case is why I'm running, is to make sure that we have good government and trust in our lawmakers."
In a way, Tinkler is still running against Harrell; his name is still on the ballot.
Because of absentee voting, it is too late to take his name off.
Tinkler says Harrell's resignation takes some heat off in her bid for House Seat 114.
"I'm sure in many ways it will, but this is still a district that again, someone has been in for the past 22 years."
Tinkler isn't taking Harrell's resignation for granted because there may be another battle ahead.
In a statement, South Carolina Republican Party Secretary Matt Orr said, "The party is studying its legal options to fill former Speaker Harrell's seat. We hope to have a Republican candidate on the ballot."
Tinkler says whatever happens with the election, she just wants to make sure voters are aware her name is on the ballot.
Green Party candidate Sue Edward also is on the ballot for the house seat.