COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments challenging whether counties can be forced to pick up part of the tab for the first-in-the-South Republican presidential primary.
The court has arguments slated for a hearing Monday after Beaufort, Chester, Greenville and Spartanburg counties sued the state Election Commission and Republican and Democratic parties. The counties say the state lacks the authority to conduct a primary and cannot force the counties to spend taxpayer money on what they described as private event.
Democrats have no plans for a presidential primary this year.
Attorney General Alan Wilson has said the state granted the authority to the commission run the Jan. 21 primary.Related Stories SC Supreme Court to take up primary challenge SC primary settlement could be near Additional arguments allowed in SC primary challenge
Counties offered to settle the litigation if $2.5 million was set aside to cover costs but that was rejected.
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