The two candidates who came up short in their quest to become the GOP candidate for South Carolina's 99th House District split their support this week for the two remaining in the race.
Realtor Nancy Mace is running against former Mount Pleasant Town Councilman Mark Smith. Mace received 49.5 percent of the vote last week in the GOP primary, compared with the 27.4 percent that went for Smith.
Mace and Smith will face each other in a Nov. 28 runoff.
Daniel Island attorney Shawn Pinkston, the third-place finisher, on Monday gave Mace his endorsement.
"Nancy worked hard to earn the votes cast in her favor. I believe she will continue to work hard to deliver on her promises to improve our infrastructure, to deal with the nuclear plant fiasco, to lower our taxes, and to bring needed accountability to Columbia," Pinkston said in a statement.
Pinkston said Mace reached out after the election to talk about ideas and ask how they can work together to improve Daniel Island and parts of Berkeley County and East Cooper. He said he believes she will continue to reach out if elected.
"Like me, Shawn recognizes the need for elected officials to be transparent, not only in their personal lives but by the way they conduct their businesses as well," Mace said in a statement. "I am honored to receive his generous support and his vote."
Franchise and business consultant Jarrod Brooks opted for the other candidate, endorsing Smith in a Facebook post published Sunday night. Brooks said he spent the weekend introducing Smith to friends, neighbors and supporters.
"Please join me in voting Mark Smith on Tues, Nov 28. A vote for Mark is one for DI, economic development, and our entire district," Brooks wrote.
Smith, a funeral home operator, said he was honored to receive Brooks' support after seeing his commitment to serving others.
"I did not know Jarrod Brooks at all two months ago. However, after weeks on the campaign trail and several debates later, I'm now honored to call him a friend," Smith wrote after sharing Brooks' Facebook post on his own page. "Jarrod, thank you for being the man of integrity and intention that you are. Your support means the world to me."
The winner of next week's runoff will face Democrat Cindy Boatwright in a special election in January.