Washington (CNN) – South Carolina is home to one less Senate hopeful, after Democrat Linda Ketner announced Monday that she will not accept a petition nomination to appear on the ballot.
Ketner told supporters of her decision in an email in which she said South Carolinians "deserve – and desperately need – better government," before noting that "a last minute campaign without essential resources won't get us that outcome."
"And so, with great appreciation and humility, I thank those who participated in this initiative, and announce I will not accept a petition candidacy. I have asked that the drive be stopped," Ketner said.
A group of former Ketner campaign staffers and allies had been collecting signatures on her behalf, and even launched a campaign-style website for the petition drive.
A former congressional candidate who came within four points of unseating Rep. Henry Brown in 2008, Ketner needed 10,000 signatures by July 15 to get her name on the ballot.
Ketner emerged as a possible Senate candidate in the wake of a Democratic primary that resulted in the nomination of Alvin Greene, an unemployed political novice.
Greene's victory shocked the South Carolina political establishment, but Democratic Party officials voted to uphold the primary results.
Last week, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said it is investigating how Greene came up with the $10,440 needed to get his name on the Democratic Senate primary ballot.
Greene has said the $10,000 filing fee required to enter the Democratic primary came from personal savings accumulated during his time in the military. But when Greene was arrested last November for allegedly showing pornographic images on a computer at the University of South Carolina, he requested a public defender saying he could not afford a lawyer.
Greene will not officially be certified as the Democratic nominee until August 16, when the party sends their candidate list to the state election commission. Greene will face incumbent Republican Sen. Jim DeMint in November.