SC Primary Besieged by Lawsuits, Controversy
More than 50 additional candidates have been decertified in the past week.
In less than 24 hours, millions of SC voters can head to the polls.
But they won't be able to vote for just anyone on the ballot.
Following SC Supreme Court rulings in May (on a Lexington County case) and last Tuesday (on a Florence County case), nearly 250 candidates have been ruled ineligible for election by county party leaders.
According to SC Election Commission spokesperson Chris Whitmire, 131 are Republicans and 117 are Democrats.
While most of those names will not be on Tuesday ballots, the 54 additional names (48 Republicans and six Democrats) removed in the past week will be and election officials will be reminding voters who they can and cannot elect.
And the candidates have been left to decide their best recourse.
In one Upstate Senate race, Wyatt Miller has decided to endorse one of his opponents in the Republican primary for Senate 5.
Many candidates, including Upstate candidate Rex Rice in Senate 2, have decided to instead seek office by running petition campaigns that require signatures to make the November ballots.
And others are working on legal action, including House 39 candidate Jim Wiszowaty.
On Monday, Tommie Reece, Ann Smith, Bob Shirley, John Pettigrew and Robert Tinsley have filed a lawsuit in Anderson/Greenwood Division of the U.S. District Court over being booted off the ballots in their respective races.