The field of candidates in the race to replace Charleston Senator Glenn McConnell has grown to three, with more expected. New to the race are two Republican candidates:
- Sean Pike. Pike ran for Democratic-leaning House District 116 in 2010, making the best showing ever by a Republican candidate.
- John Steinberger. Steinberger is well-known in Lowcountry GOP political circles, as one of the leaders in the state's FairTax organization.
Earlier this week, James Island State Rep. Peter McCoy announced his intentions to seek re-election to his House seat, taking a pass on the Senate race. That decision is likely to open the doors for fellow James Island resident Paul Thurmond, who made it into the run-off for the First Congressional District in 2010, to run for the Senate.
No word on if West Ashley Democratic State Rep. Leon Stavrinakis will enter the race, even though his name has surfaced as a potential candidate for the seat.