|| by Will Galloway ||
Columbia – Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant on Friday became the 4th Republican to throw his hat into the race for South Carolina Governor in 2018, joining Gov. Henry McMaster, former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill, and former DHEC Director Catherine Templeton.
Bryant previously served as a Senator from Anderson County before becoming Lt. Governor earlier this year. While in the Senate, he established a reputation as a staunch social and fiscal conservative.
Friday’s announcement put to rest months of will-he-won’t-he speculation about Bryant’s plans, which reached a fever pitch when he opened a campaign account to raise money for a non-existent Lt. Gov.’s race. Bryant was cleared of any wrongdoing in this.
His strategy will almost certainly focus on upstate evangelicals and those groups aligned with the former Tea Party as he tries to become the first Governor from the upstate region since Carroll Campbell left office.