A broadcast report from earlier this week that Thomas Ravenel was dropping out of the U.S. Senate race was a re-writing error, The Associated Press reported.

Tim Rogers, of the bureau in Raleigh, explained today that a staffer who was re-writing the report for broadcasters errantly wrote that Ravenel had dropped out.

The report, which was not for print clients of the AP, said "one day, he's in - the next day, he's out."

After the error was discovered, the wire service issued a correction, Rogers said. The script went to TV and radio stations only.

The report had fueled speculation that Ravenel opponents were trying to disrupt his candidacy as an independent.

Ravenel, former state treasurer and now a reality TV star, turned in signatures to get on the November ballot earlier this week.