Democrat to Become Lt. Governor?

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Democratic Sen. Yancey McGill could be South Carolina's next lieutenant governor.

McGill said Thursday he will decide over the legislative break whether he's willing to leave his Senate seat of 26 years to step into the state's No. 2 position. The 61-year-old Kingstree senator says he's praying about the decision.

McGill could be elected Senate president pro tem when the Legislature returns for a special session in two weeks. He would then step up to replace Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, who's resigning to take his new job as president of the College of Charleston. Voters elect the next lieutenant governor in November.

Sen. John Courson stepped down as Senate president pro tem Wednesday to ensure he could keep his Senate seat and not be forced to temporarily be lieutenant governor.


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