February 10th, 2010
04:20 PM ET
4 years ago

DeMint challenger drops Senate bid

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, currently looks to be safe in his re-election bid.
Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, currently looks to be safe in his re-election bid.

(CNN) – The leading Democratic challenger to Sen. Jim DeMint has decided to end his short-lived campaign to unseat the conservative South Carolina Republican, citing the need to spend more time with his family.

The Democrat, Rock Hill trial attorney Chad McGowan, had struggled to gain traction and raise money since announcing his candidacy in October. McGowan pledged to return all of his campaign donations and said he "will be fighting from the sidelines" to defeat DeMint in November.

McGowan was endorsed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee when he entered the race last year.

"I've come to the conclusion that now is the wrong time for me to mount a successful campaign for the United States Senate," McGowan said in a statement Wednesday. "The demands of a young family place a premium on every minute."

Charleston attorney Mullins McLeod, currently one of several Democrats running for South Carolina's open governor's seat, has been mentioned as a possible replacement for McGowan in the Senate race.

A senior campaign adviser to the McLeod campaign told CNN Wednesday that the Senate chatter is not surprising because McLeod is "has proven to be a really good candidate."

"He’s second among Democrats with money-on-hand, and is the only guy out there really motivating folks, so it makes sense people would want him to run for Senate," the adviser said. “But Mullins is committed to being Governor and helping the state recruit jobs and improve public education.”


Filed under: 2010 • Chad McGowan • Jim DeMint • South Carolina
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Big eared teleprompter

    Makes ya wonder what "John Edwards" type of information is about to come out on this Democrat, doesn't it?

    February 10, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Obama Victim

    are there going to be any dems left??.....ah yes..a world without democrats...sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet

    February 10, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. nellpost

    Too bad - I'd like to see waterloo demint gone! Very sad. Whatever really could have changed mr. mcgowan's mind? Hummmm.

    February 10, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Pretty bad for the democrats. No one wants to be branded a loser, and if you're a democrat running for office this November, you're going to be a loser.

    February 10, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. gp

    DeMint pretty much acts like every S.C. person I've ever run across. Call that a wide brush, but that's my experience.

    That S.C. can't produce a credible opponent to this anti-American is fascinating.

    February 10, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. michael

    One can only wonder with the Supreme Court ruling how much corporate money will go to DeMint. We have a candidate running in the California republican primary who claims to have told by corporate interests to bow out of the senate race. Corporate money is unlimited and they prefer the other candidate, Fiorina. It is up to us to really follow the issues and vote. Turn off the TV and do a little research. Don't let corporate America take your vote.

    February 10, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Brian L

    Smells like dirty politics by the GOP. What kind of name is Grand old party if this is the youngest of the two party system?

    February 10, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Dar

    Spend time with the family.
    Translation: IM going to get my butt kicked because IM a Democrat
    The Dems have really screwed up this year, you would have thought that they would have learned from the Repub's mistakes a few years ago when the Dems took control of congress. Thank God for dumb people.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    February 10, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. American Storm

    A perfect storm is forming...good-bye to all the socialist who want Big Gov to care for their every need. Have you ever considered the impact of all your government policies within all our largest cities...worst unemployment, worst crime, worst education, worst graduation rates, worst drug abuse, worst poverty, worst, worst, worst all run by Democrats for 40 years. The obvious seems to escape even the most educated.

    February 10, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Robert

    For God's sakes, run someone – anyone – who can beat this nutjob. He is the walking example of all that is wrong with this country's leadership. Someone who is more interested in making an issue Obama's waterloo than working to benefit the American people.

    He has no business being in the Congress.

    February 10, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Safe? NO incumbent is safe this fall. That's the problem everyone thinks Congress is corrupt by not my representative. Well you know what if they are in Congress they are corrupt. If they accept money from outside the voting district (in this case the state of SC) they are corrupt. All those funds coming from Washington DC, lobbyists, PACs, Wall Street, banking, Unions, and other special interest groups outside of the state is nothing short of a bribe of your right for fair representation.
    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.

    February 10, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    DeMint should be arrested and tried for what he did in South America. Period. Purposefully and actively trying to undermine the POTUS' foreign policies is treason any way you slice it. Saying things and voicing your opinion is one thing, but there's a line...and this demogogue crossed it.

    February 10, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Future expat

    DeMint is the darling of the Teabagger crowd. No matter how much money an opponent raises, Teabaggers will eagerly dump as much of their money into DeMint's campaign coffers so he can continue working towards the failure of Obama. You could argue that he's working for the good of the American people, but nothing he has done demonstrates that, so it would be a specious argument.

    February 10, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. j

    What a crock.

    February 10, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. SC-Pub "no" more

    With the Tea Baggers lining up with SC Rushlicans, it looks like we are going to continue our slide into the Dark Ages. This is really too bad.

    February 10, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. katiec

    What a shame. DeMint is such typical example of the the Bible thumping, hypocritical, self serving republicans he most certainly needs to be voted out of office. But, it is the Carolinas we are talking about and they seem to support those most unworthy of representing our country.

    February 10, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    Imagine passing that "literacy test" if DeMint is ever in power - ah - even he would have to memorize the answers - of course, he's a wealthy white southerner, so no test.

    What we need is NOT to cave in to the ignorance of the SC politicians.

    February 10, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. Bye bye...................

    another Democrat down the drain..............love it...........

    Go Tea Party.................

    Obama is ONE and DONE......

    February 10, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. RTB

    Sooner or later we will get rid of the garbage bag DeMint.

    This chump is one of the worse Senators we have.

    I am hesitant to even refer to him as an American.

    What a hateful human being.

    February 10, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    DeMint has been puriified !!

    February 10, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  21. GOP = "I hoe he fails"

    Good Lord people think about it. We already have enough trouble with "blue dogs" from places like Nebraska and Louisiana. What the he!! do we need with a Democrat from bat-crap-nuts South Carolina.

    Leave DeMinted in there as a constant reminder to level headed people all across America of what the Rethuglican Party actually stands for.

    February 10, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. JT the Show Me State College Freshman

    It is quite sad that most politicians, it seems, like do not focus on what is facing our country, but only focus on getting re-elected or elected. What hope is there for me, if there is no cooperation between the two parties that are in Congress at this current point of time. I think that both parties need to start the correct form of thinking to do what might not be too popular but doing what is right and necessary. To have a prosperous America again, we have to educate ourselves further beyond than we do right now; let me explain.
    Refrain from slang: Slang is an informal and sometimes private vocubulary that expresses the solidarity of a group such as teenagers, rock musicians, or supporters of any groups or organizations. Although, it does not have certain vitality, slang is a code that not everyone understands, and it is too informal for most professional, written work.
    Refrain from sexistlanguage: Sexist language is language that sterotypes any type of gender of a human being. Such language arises from sterotypical thinking, from traditional pronoun use, and from words used to refer indefinitely to both sexes.
    Refrain from general steorotypical thinking: When you think or express your ideas in writing or in oratory manners, be sure to think them out clearly, professionaly, and in an intelligent manner.
    Most importantly, refrain from offensive language: Obviously it is impolite to use offensive language if you want to be taken in a serious manner. Here are a few examples I keep seeing: libtard, obummer, obambie, retard, and rethuglicans; that type of language is aweless, bad-mannered, contemptuous, impertinent, impious, and profanatory.
    We need to start thinking in a broad sense view of what issues and events that are facing the world; economically, scientifically, politically, psychologically, mythologically, legally, historically, cultural, and in a moral/ personal view of the world as well. If we do not edify ourselves to become more civilized, then we have only ourselves to blame for why we are in the dilemma we are in at this current moment. Think about this question: Do we have the moral obligation to leave the inner and outer environment in good shape for our children and grandchildren, or are we at liberty to use up all of our inner and outer resources in our lifetimes? It is our choice to make; lets choose wisely for our own sake.

    February 10, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. DAVE N CA

    for the dems posting here who think that the "TEA PARTY" is "ASTRO-TURF" as the Queen B Pelosi stated last year, I guess the movement is a little larger and stronger than you thought..... Not just Republicans but a lot of Independents and Democrats as well....... 2010 can't come soon enough and in the latest news, looks like the Obama administration and Pelosi will be pushing reconciliation for there Health Care Bill which if not done by June there window is over. If they cram this down Americans throats 94' and the recent loss in Mass.. will look like a Pediatricians appt. compared to the Proctoligy appt. in November.....

    February 10, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  24. Kevin

    Tea Partiers listen up – - – – Republicans who want to be supported by your "movement" are already getting ready for when they are back in power to completely dump social security for anyone under 60. So no return of any amounts you may have paid into the system and you still have to continue to pay into it until you retire. Republicans would rather chicken out instead of trying to fix a system that has worked well for many of our parents and grandparents. If you are independently wealthy or have children that you think will support you maybe you don't care.

    February 10, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |