Yancey McGill

Then-Sen. Yancey McGill (right) talks with outgoing Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell before McGill was sworn in as the state’s new lieutenant governor in 2014. File

Former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill raised $57,500 during the first three months of the year, far behind his two Republican rivals in his bid for South Carolina governor in 2018.

McGill, a Kingstree real estate agency owner and homebuilder, filed his campaign financial disclosure report four days after the deadline and a day before he faced a $100 fine. The report was filed after McGill did not respond to calls from The Post and Courier for a week. People paid by the campaign were referring calls to McGill or to a campaign employee, who said that she could not talk to the media.

McGill, who was a Democrat until switching parties last year to run for governor in the heavily GOP-leaning state, is considered a long shot.

Gov. Henry McMaster, a long time Republican stalwart who was promoted to the state’s top job in January with Nikki Haley’s departure, has raised $960,000 this year. Charleston attorney Catherine Templeton, a former director at two state agencies who is political newcomer, has raised $700,000 this year.

McGill has spent more money in 2017 than he brought in, the campaign report shows. More than half of the $106,000 his campaign paid this year went to payroll and unspecified professional services. He had $101,500 in his campaign account as of March 31.

McGill has raised a total of $386,500 since entering the race a year ago. More than 85 percent of his contributions have come from donors in areas he served in the Senate for 25 years — Berkeley, Florence, Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties.

No Democrats have announced a bid for the 2018 governor's race.

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Columbia Bureau Chief

Shain is Columbia Bureau Chief for The Post and Courier. He was editor of Free Times and was a reporter and editor at The State, The Charlotte Observer and The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News.