Primary candidates statewide get the boot for tardy 'economic interest' fillings (Updated)


Update May 10: For the 180 bumped candidates and their supporters there was hope of reinstatement by way of a Statehouse bill, but that was killed by Senators on Wednesday.

The last chance of these candidates to get on the ballot will likely occur today as a lawyer brings a challenge in federal court that the June 12 primary should be delayed for federal review after the removal of the candidates.

You can check out the list of affirmed candidates at Republican, Democrat

First reporting: One candidate for Beaufort County Council District 7 is off the ballot and two other local candidates could be dislodged after a S.C. Supreme Court ruling that candidates must follow state law and submit "Statements of Economic Interest" during the filing period.

The Island Packet has a nice rundown of the situation and what's at play locally — including the possibility that there may be no Republican candidate on the primary ballot for District 7.

In all, some 100 candidates across the state may get the boot. The final list of candidates who filed properly will be made available by noon of Friday — watch for it at

The S.C. primaries are June 12, the runoffs are June 26 and the General Election is November 6.

You can check out the court's ruling over here.

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