Associated Press

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Election Commission has certified Tom Ervin's spot on the November ballot as a petition candidate for governor.

Ervin's campaign released a letter Thursday from the commission confirming his candidacy. The 62-year-old former legislator and judge dropped out of the Republican primary to pursue being on the general election ballot as a petition candidate. That requires gathering the signatures of at least 10,000 registered voters.

Ervin turned in more than 20,000 signatures last month. The commission's letter dated Wednesday verifies that he collected more than enough valid signatures.

Ervin's name will appear second on the ballot in the gubernatorial race, above the names of Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen and Republican Gov. Nikki Haley.

The ballot's order for party and petition candidates rotates every election.