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Democrat McGill is SC's new lieutenant governor

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

South Carolina has a Democrat in the lieutenant governor's office for the first time in two decades.

Senators unanimously decided Wednesday to make Democratic Sen. Yancey McGill of Kingstree the Senate's next leader. He occupied that position only until Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell turned in his resignation.

McGill's two swearing-in ceremonies were minutes apart.

Senate Finance Chairman Hugh Leatherman of Florence was then elected the next president pro tem, though not without protest.

The 42-2 vote followed criticism from Republican Sen. Shane Massey of Edgefield that Leatherman already has too much power. He also faulted Leatherman for crafting budgets through a secretive, back-room process.

McGill was a 26-year veteran of the Senate, ranked No. 6 in seniority. Leatherman is second in seniority and has been a senator since 1981.

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