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      Lawyer abandons effort to save SC election

      Todd Kincannon told The Associated Press on Friday he is solely focusing on allegations the state violated the Voting Rights Act in sending separate ballots overseas for federal and local races.

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- An attorney for a state Senate candidate is abandoning his effort to reinstate nearly 200 candidates left off of June 12 primary ballots by a South Carolina Supreme Court decision.

      Todd Kincannon told The Associated Press on Friday he is solely focusing on allegations the state violated the Voting Rights Act in sending separate ballots overseas for federal and local races.

      Kincannon initially filed suit last week on behalf of Amanda Somers. The Republican said her candidacy was thrown into question after justices ruled financial- and candidate-intent paperwork must be filed simultaneously.

      Since Somers was ultimately allowed on the ballot, a judge questioned her ability to sue.

      A three-judge panel is expected next week to hear arguments on the overseas ballot issue.

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