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March 04, 2009

Barrett running for governor

Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-S.C.) will be announcing today that he is running for governor of South Carolina.

The four-term congressman will be announcing his campaign through an e-mail to South Carolina Republicans which will include a videotaped statement of his candidacy, according to the Associated Press.

"Tomorrow morning, bright and early, we're going to send out an e-mail to our supporters announcing my intentions," Barrett told the AP. "I'm going to work my fingers off: working, getting to know people in South Carolina, sharing my vision, seeing people.”

Attorney General Henry McMaster and Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer, both Republicans, are also exploring gubernatorial campaigns of their own. Barrett would begin a primary campaign with less statewide name recognition than McMaster and Bauer, but will boast a strong conservative resume from his tenure in Congress.

Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) is term-limited and cannot run for a third term.

Barrett has $713,000 in his Congressional campaign account, which he can transfer for a gubernatorial bid.

Barrett becomes the eighth House Republican to announce he’s not running for re-election; all of them are looking to run for statewide office.  And all represent solidly Republican seats in Congress.

Barrett’s district is heavily Republican and is expected to remain in GOP hands. It gave President Bush 66 percent of the vote in 2004. President Obama only won 35 percent of the district-wide vote, according to estimates compiled by the Swing State Project blog.