SC House backs picking Lt Gov for ticket after nomination

Statehouse in Columbia, SC, on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Lauren Prescott/Staff

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina House has passed a bill that would have candidates for governor pick their running mates after they are nominated by their party.

The bill given key approval Tuesday is needed after voters passed a constitutional amendment to have governors and lieutenant governors run on the same ticket starting in 2018. South Carolina voters have always picked the lieutenant governor in a separate race.

The key issue for lawmakers was when the running mate was picked. They picked the U.S. presidential model over having a candidate pick a potential lieutenant governor when they file so primary voters could consider the entire ticket.

The bill now heads to the Senate, where Judiciary Committee Chairman Larry Martin has said he supports it.