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GOP leader overturns House primary results (access required)

Columbia (AP) — A Republican primary winner ousted from the November ballot wants party leaders to undo a decision by the party's state chairman. An attorney for Ed Harris said Tuesday that GOP Chairman Chad Connelly lacks the authority to disqualify Harris as the party nominee for a House seat. Attorney Stephen Brown says Harris will sue unless the party's executive committee overturns Connelly's actions.

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Supreme Court declines to derail GOP presidential primary (access required)

COLUMBIA (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court by a 3-2 vote refused to block the first-in-the-South presidential primary, turning back challenges by counties that the state lacked the authority to hold it. The court heard arguments two weeks ago in a lawsuit initially filed by four counties against the state Election Commission and the state’s Republican and Democratic parties. Election officials in Beaufort, Chester, Greenville and Spartanburg counties said county taxpayers would be left with more than $1 million in costs that the state wouldn’t cover for the Jan. 21 contest.

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