Thomas Ravenel confirmed Wednesday he is out collecting signatures to get on the November ballot for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham.

Ravenel, 51, needs the signatures of 10,000 registered voters to get on the ballot.

"We are working to get the signatures," said the former state treasurer Wednesday. "We fully expect to get them."

Ravenel said he is using a vendor to get the names "and some grass roots folks."

The former reality TV star did not identify the vendor other than saying it was a highly specialized business.

The grass roots signature effort is mainly in the Upstate, he said, and put together by a friend whom he declined to identify.

He said his plans will probably be disclosed by the end of next week and he wanted to get "all the i's dotted and t's crossed."

He has until July 15 to turn the signatures in to the state Election Commission.

Also on the ballot is Democrat Brad Hutto, a state senator from Orangeburg.

Ravenel's first career in South Carolina politics ended when he was caught in a federal cocaine bust. This year he starred in the Bravo network's Charleston-based reality show, "Southern Charm."

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