SC Republican Party chair won't seek re-election

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina political leadership is headed for a makeover with state Republican Party Chairman Karen Floyd planning to step down at the end of her term.

Former party executive director Todd Kincannon said Wednesday Floyd had made calls to party insiders to let them know she wouldn't seek a second term this spring.

That leaves the state's top GOP political job up for grabs as the 2012 GOP primary season ramps up.

Floyd scheduled a press conference later Wednesday at the Statehouse.

News of Floyd's plans comes a week after Republican Nikki Haley's election as governor. The state GOP also banished the Democratic Party from all statewide offices and beat long-serving U.S. Rep. John Spratt.

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