Comedy Central bumps bumbling Lowcountry council candidate to victory - Weeks after being removed from the ballot due to a filing error, a little-known political candidate in the Lowcountry has won office thanks in part to a last-minute publicity bump from Comedy Central, Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday. Scott Ready was elected to the Hardeeville City Council last week, garnering nearly three times as many votes as council incumbent Roy Powell.
Judges dismiss effort to delay June primaries - A three-judge panel Monday removed a potential barrier to holding the state’s June political primaries, throwing out a federal lawsuit that sought to delay that vote, contending overseas military personnel do not have enough time to vote in the elections, according to The State’s Andy Shain. The federal panel ruled the plaintiff in the case, Upstate Senate candidate Amanda Somers, could not bring the lawsuit over military voting since her rights were not in jeopardy.
Candidate takes himself off ballot after realizing he’d filed incorrectly - A candidate on his way to winning a Lee County Democratic Party primary took himself off the ballot after he says the state party certified him as a candidate even though he filed incorrectly, according to WIS-TV’s Jody Barr. According to Steve Beasley, no one from the Democratic Party contacted him after he realized he didn’t file according to the Supreme Court’s order.
GOP shoots down Shealy’s bid to remove Knotts from ballot - Add another chapter to the feud between state Sen. Jake Knotts and Katrina Shealy: dueling, according to The State’s Adam Beam. On Monday, Shealy asked the S.C. Republican Party’s executive committee to remove Knotts from the ballot because “he has previously issued a duel challenge to former S.C. GOP First Vice Chairman Patrick Haddon.”
Opinion: Debacle of this year’s candidate filing process can’t be allowed to stand - Candidates who were rejected from next month’s primary ballots protested their exclusion all across the state Monday, according to an editorial by the Spartanburg Herald Journal. Their grievance should be felt not just by candidates kept off the ballot, but by all voters who face limited choices.
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