GOP negotiated with Colbert over primary rights

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Comedian and South Carolina native Stephen Colbert has tried yet again to get his name on the state's ballots -- but not as a candidate this time.

State GOP officials say they met with the Charleston native this fall to discuss potential sponsorship of the state's first-in-the-South presidential primary. Officials say Colbert offered more than $100,000 to name the contest the "The Colbert Nation Super PAC Presidential Primary."

Several counties had sued challenging the state's right to hold the primary. Last month, the state Supreme Court green lighted the balloting, a decision GOP officials say ended discussions with Colbert.

In 2008, Colbert failed to qualify for both of South Carolina's presidential primaries during a short-lived bid in the state.

South Carolina voters cast ballots for a GOP nominee Jan. 21.

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