5 Graham challengers file paperwork
Five Republican primary challengers to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham have filed their paperwork and paid the $10,440 fee to run.
State Sen. Lee Bright of Roebuck and Lowcountry businesswoman Nancy Mace each went to the S.C. Election Commission on Wednesday to write a check and file paperwork. They join Graham and Columbia pastor Det Bowers, Upstate businessman Richard Cash and Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor as candidates on the Republican ballot for the June 10 primary.
Democrat Jay Stamper and Libertarian Victor Kocher also have filed to run in the November election for the U.S. Senate seat.
Graham is seeking a third term. He received 67 percent of the vote in a primary against one challenger in 2008.
Filing for the June primaries continues through Sunday.
House approves presidential primary bill
The S.C. House has approved a bill clarifying that the State Election Commission is responsible for South Carolina’s future presidential primaries.
The measure approved Wednesday would delete from state law a reference to the 2008 election cycle.
Future presidential primaries will be funded through the budget like any other election, offset by filing fees paid by candidates.
Until 2008, South Carolina’s political parties ran and paid for their presidential nominating contests. But legislators put the state agency in charge of that year’s wide-open race and approved one-time funding.
As the 2012 GOP primary approached, four counties sued, arguing lawmakers did not update the law. The state Supreme Court turned back the counties’ challenge, but it created uncertainty with the GOP contest just weeks away.
Tuesday’s primary filings in Richland, Lexington counties
Filing ends Sunday for the June 10 primary election. Previous filings at www.thestate.com/politics
Lexington County Council District 2: Larry Brigham (R), Frank Townsend* (R)
* Denotes incumbent