SC GOP leader overturns House primary results

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Columbia, S.C. (AP) — A Republican primary winner ousted from the November ballot wants party leaders to undo a decision by the party's state chairman.

An attorney for Ed Harris said Tuesday that GOP Chairman Chad Connelly lacks the authority to disqualify Harris as the party nominee for a House seat. Attorney Stephen Brown says Harris will sue unless the party's executive committee overturns Connelly's actions.

Harris beat Rep. B.R. Skelton on June 12 by 73 votes. The executive committee rejected Skelton's appeal.

The Anderson Independent-Mail first reported (http://bit.ly/MeShoF) that Connelly reversed the committee's decision after Skelton appealed to the state Supreme Court. Connelly said he had to remove Harris because of questions about his paperwork.

It's the latest twist to a court ruling that led to the decertification of hundreds of candidates.

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Information from: Anderson Independent-Mail, http://www.andersonsc.com

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