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      SC primary settlement could be near

      Four South Carolina counties suing the state election commission over next year's Republican presidential primary are offering a settlement.

      CLINTON, S.C. (AP) -- Four South Carolina counties suing the state election commission over next year's Republican presidential primary are offering a settlement.

      Documents obtained by The Associated Press show the offer sent Friday to state Republican leaders asks for the GOP to put $2.5 million in escrow to cover the counties' costs for the first-in-the-South presidential primary scheduled for Jan. 21.

      State Republican Party executive director Matt Moore says the party can win the case and no settlement is needed.

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      Beaufort, Chester, Greenville and Spartanburg counties filed a lawsuit with the state Supreme Court last week saying they could be left to pay a large part of the tab for the primary.

      The counties question the state's authority to run a primary they describe as a private event that would get taxpayer funding.

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

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