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Saying that the S.C. Republican Party was “at a crossroads,” U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan on Wednesday threw his support behind Newberry County GOP chairman Chad Connelly to be its next leader.

“When Chad first spoke to me about running for SCGOP Chairman several months ago, I knew then that his experience as a former Army Officer, a successful small business owner, a conservative activist, a skilled communicator, and a county party chairman would make him the perfect fit to lead the party,” Duncan wrote in an email to his supporters.

Duncan is the second member of South Carolina’s congressional delegation to endorse Connelly in the last 24 hours. On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney lent his endorsement to Connelly, saying that the latter’s work ethic was “a big reason that I am serving in the U.S. House today.”

Sources tell FITS that another top GOP officeholder will announce his support for Connelly later this week.

Connelly is running against Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor and Greeville attorney Stephen Brown. The race had been relatively quiet up until this weekend, which is when Conner decided to jump in at the urging of Greenville County GOP chairman Patrick Haddon.

SCGOP chairwoman Karen Floyd announced last November that she would not be seeking another term, a story which broke exclusively here on FITS.