7th Congressional District drama continues

Published: Jun. 15, 2012 at 9:06 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 17, 2012 at 5:51 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) Controversy continues to swirl around the 7th Congressional District, and the possibility of a run-off between the top vote grabbers on the Democratic ticket remains open.

Last Friday, the SC Election Commission decided there would not be a run-off for the Democratic nomination in the newly created 7th Congressional District.

The Election Commission's decision means Dr. Gloria Bromell Tinubu is the official Democratic nominee. Runner-up Preston Brittain had announced earlier in the week he intended to participate in a run-off against Tinubu on June 26.

Brittain, as well as South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpoolitan, had asked the Election Commission to consider a run-off, because more than 2,300 votes had been cast for Democratic State Representative Ted Vick, who dropped out of the race before the primary.

The decision made by the State Election Commission doesn't count Vick's votes in the race, but a lawsuit filed in Horry County is asking those votes to be counted, effectively bringing Gloria Bromell Tinubu's percentage of the vote below the "50% plus one" necessary to clinch the nomination.

Thursday, an Horry County judge heard arguments over whether there should be a run-off for the Democratic nomination in the new 7th Congressional District, and will make a decision Friday.

That same judge placed a restraining order on run-off ballots, placing the Republican run-off in question as well, but Thursday he decided the GOP challengers would meet at the polls on Tuesday, June 26.

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