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District 7 runoff hearing is Thursday

  • Friday, June 22, 2012

A hearing will be held Thursday for Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman to listen to arguments on whether there should be a runoff in the Democratic Primary for the new District 7 Congressional seat.
The lawsuit was filed last week on behalf of candidate Preston Brittain, who finished second in the race behind Gloria Bromell Tinubu.
At issue is whether the votes cast for Ted Vick in June 12ths Primary should be counted.
Vick dropped out of the race after being arrested for drunken driving but it was too late to remove his name from the ballot and he received about 2,300 votes.
Last week, the South Carolina Election Commission ruled the votes cast for Vick should not have been counted. That ruling resulted in Tinubu receiving more than 50 percent of the votes and she was declared the winner without a runoff.
However, the lawsuit contends the votes for Vick should be counted, which would result in Tinubu receiving less than 50 percent of the vote, forcing a runoff.
The hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Georgetown County Judicial Center.

By Scott Harper
sharper@gtowntimes.com

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