S.C. House members today voted down a budget amendment that would have barred the State Election Commission from using about $80,000 left over from previous elections to pay some of the costs of conducting the 2012 Republican primary election.
Republicans were split on the measure with some, including state Rep. Nathan Ballentine, R-Lexington, an ally to Gov. Nikki Haley, R-Lexington, saying the state Republican Party could raise the money privately and spare state taxpayers the cost.
Other Republicans said the nation will be watching South Carolina's first-in-the-South primary and the money would help ensure the election's integrity. The amendment failed 69 to 46.