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      Additional arguments allowed in SC primary challenge

      A federal judge is allowing opponents and supporters of South Carolina's open primary system to make more arguments.
      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A federal judge is allowing opponents and supporters of South Carolina's open primary system to make more arguments.

      The Greenville News reported that U.S. District Judge Michelle Childs says the Republican Party and the attorney general have until Dec. 15 to file additional arguments in the case she decided in March.

      Closing a primary to only people who have registered by political party would be a major shift in a key presidential primary state that now allows all voters to participate in the contest they choose.

      Related Stories SC GOP wants judge to rethink open primary ruling Judge throws out GOP lawsuit; rules SC primaries remain open Childs ruled the state's open primaries are constitutional when the Greenville Republican Party argued that it is the GOP's right to choose who participates.

      The state attorney general says by voting in a primary, a voter aligns themselves with that political party.

      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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