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  Up to 100 S.C. candidates ordered off June ballots
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Last Editedkarin1492  May 03, 2012 04:15pm
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MediaNewspaper - The State
News DateThursday, May 3, 2012 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe state Supreme Court Wednesday ordered S.C. political parties to remove up to 100 candidates from their June 12 primary ballots, sending candidates and voters into a tailspin in an election year already fraught with confusion.

Any candidate who did not file a statement of economic interest — listing income, property and other financial information — at the same time they officially filed for office must be removed from the ballot, the court ruled in a unanimous decision. The ruling does not affect incumbents seeking re-election or officeholders seeking another office because they already had economic-interest statements on file.

The deadline to file to run was March 30.
The ruling means that some state senators who were expecting tough primary fights, including Jake Knotts, R-Lexington, and Larry Martin, R-Pickens, suddenly find themselves unopposed in June’s GOP primary.

It also means some would-be candidates — including Kerry Wood, who says he filed for office at 11:52 a.m. and filed his economic interest statement minutes later, at 12:30 p.m. March 30 — are off the ballot, leaving incumbents without an opponent in the November general election. Wood, a Republican, was the lone challenger to state Sen. Glenn Reese, D-Spartanburg.

And it means some seats will not have anyone on the ballot at all.
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