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Allegation of broken rule made in SC judicial races

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The commission that checks the qualification of lawyers to be judges in South Carolina has received allegations that a candidate broke the rules.

Judicial Merit Selection Commission Chairman Sen. Larry Martin said Thursday he could not name the candidate or provide details because the commission has already sent the candidates to a Wednesday vote by the General Assembly.

Martin says the rule was broken before the candidates were allowed to ask lawmakers for their votes, so the Legislature could send the matter back to the committee.

Six judges are to be elected Wednesday. Chief Justice candidate Don Beatty and Supreme Court associate justice candidate John Few are running unopposed. Also up for election are a Court of Appeals judge, a Circuit Court judge and two Family Court seats.

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