Ryberg ends campaign for SC State Treasurer

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Senator Greg Ryberg, a candidate for State Treasurer, released the following statement regarding his campaign:

“After a good night of sleep and a careful review of yesterday’s results, I have decided it is not in the best interest of my family, myself, or my supporters that I continue my pursuit for the office of State Treasurer.

“I have always been a numbers guy. It is what my run for Treasurer has been based on; How to make the Treasurer’s office better with a more careful review of the numbers. It is with that kind of review of the numbers that I have made the decision to end my campaign today. I wish my opponent the best going forward.

“I got into this because I understand numbers. I am getting out because I understand numbers.

“I want to deeply thank all those who have been so supportive of our campaign. I am blessed with a wonderful family and great friends and this endeavor has brought us even closer,” concluded Senator Ryberg.

From the Associated Press:

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- State Senator Greg Ryberg of Aiken is dropping out of the Republican race for state treasurer.

However, it is unclear whether the move will allow top vote-getter Thomas Ravenel of Charleston to avoid a potentially expensive runoff.

In unofficial vote returns yesterday, Ravenel received 48 percent of the vote in the four-way GOP race. The millionaire developer easily outpaced Ryberg, who got 26 percent of the vote but won a runoff spot.

With Ryberg out of the race, the State Election Commission says the runoff spot could be passed on to third-place finisher Rick Quinn, who received about 19 percent of the vote.

The Republican nominee will take on Democratic incumbent Grady Patterson in November.