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Senate hopeful says he'll return to reality show

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A day after presenting signatures to run for U.S. Senate, former state treasurer and convicted felon Thomas Ravenel says he will return for the second season of a reality TV show based in Charleston.

Although Ravenel had said he wouldn't participate, a Tuesday statement reversed course. He says he will participate in the Bravo show "Southern Charm" and that it will give him a platform to spread his ideas to a bigger audience.

In the first season, the 51-year-old Ravenel got a co-star less than half his age pregnant. He now lives with her and their infant daughter.

Ravenel was elected state treasurer in 2006 but resigned after less than a year because of a felony drug charge.

He wants to run as an independent for Sen. Lindsey Graham's seat.

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