CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Republican Lynz Piper-Loomis, running to represent South Carolina’s First Congressional District, effectively ended her campaign Monday night.

Upon being introduced and asked her first question during a debate at Burke High School, Piper-Loomis instead threw her support behind opponent Katie Arrington, gave the candidate a hug, and left the stage.

“The way that I would earn the votes in this district would be by endorsing Katie Arrington for South Carolina District 1 for Congress,” Piper-Loomis said in response.

The candidate had been promoting her appearance on the debate stage, tweeting “I’m ready!” almost a day prior to the event.

Piper-Loomis announced her campaign for Congress in April 2021. 

“I am running for Congress as a constitutional conservative who is concerned about the liberties and the voice of the people of this district,” she said in her announcement. “I am passionate about working with the people of this great district to cultivate unity. Together we will serve to build up this district and this nation, and we will leave no person or generation behind.”

Her exit from the race leaves just two Republican candidates – incumbent Rep. Nancy Mace and former SC01 candidate Katie Arrington – ahead of the June 14 primary in South Carolina.

“If we are to restore our Constitutional republic to its original intent, the America First Team must unite together to rid our nation of institutionalized corruption by bringing it before God,” said Piper-Loomis in an a statement Tuesday afternoon.