Dear Friends –
As a native South Carolinian who cares deeply about the future of our state, I have made the extremely difficult choice to halt my campaign for the United States Senate.
Being the underdog has never deterred me from taking on tough endeavors in my life. I certainly had no illusions about being able to match a multimillion dollar campaign war chest. But after a couple of months as a candidate, I’ve concluded that the timing of my entrance — less than a year before Election Day — had compressed the calendar too much for me to raise the money needed to mount a serious challenge. It’s important to remember that this is a special election to serve out the last two years of Senator Jim DeMint’s unexpired term. The winner will face voters again in 2016 for election to a full six-year Senate term.
I am sincerely grateful to my excellent staff and all of the wonderful supporters who have contributed or volunteered their time to build our campaign infrastructure. As this chapter ends, I remain passionate about helping to address the serious challenges facing South Carolina and the nation, from reviving the manufacturing sector to expanding small businesses and preparing our children for a 21st century economy. Public service is important to me, so moving forward, I will continue to explore opportunities to make our state a better place to live, work, and visit.
Source: Rick Wade for US Senate Facebook Page.