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U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, Michael Pronzato/Staff file

Charleston County Republican Party Chairman Larry Kobrovsky has abandoned his plans to run for Congress, saying GOP U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford voted the correct way on the tax bill overhaul this week.

"I had planned to run," Kobrovsky said Wednesday. "His vote on the tax relief bill tells me I don't need to."

Sanford joined the rest of the South Carolina Republican delegation in supporting the tax plan this week. It passed Wednesday.

Kobrovsky had been exploring a run for several months while questioning Sanford's role in the GOP and his criticisms of President Donald Trump. 

Sanford has disapproved of Trump's refusal to release his tax returns and been outspoken in the president's lack of civility in office.

"My job now is to elect Republicans and remind people why we need to," said Kobrovsky, who added he will stay neutral in the GOP primary.

State Rep. Katie Arrington, R-Summerville, is challenging Sanford in the June primary for the 1st District nomination.

Democrat Joe Cunningham is also in the race. 

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Schuyler Kropf is The Post and Courier political editor. He has covered every major political race in South Carolina dating to 1988, including for U.S. Senate, governorship, the Statehouse and Republican and Democratic presidential primaries.