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Judge’s ruling sets 7th District runoff

COLUMBIA — A Tuesday runoff has been set to determine the Democratic nominee in South Carolina’s new 7th Congressional District after a judge ruled all ballots cast in the race should be counted.

The Election Commis­sion said it will not appeal the ruling and is preparing voting machines. The candidate who was originally declared the winner said she hasn’t decided whether she will appeal.

Friday’s ruling means an unprecedented four-day campaign for the district, which stretches from Flor­ence to Myrtle Beach, in the northeast part of the state.

With all votes counted in the five-way primary, Gloria Bromell Tinubu, a Coastal Carolina University economics professor, received 49 percent, while Myrtle Beach attorney Preston Brittain received 37 percent.

Judge Larry B. Hyman Jr. said the Election Com­mis­sion was wrong when it refused to count votes for state Rep. Ted Vick, D-Chesterfield, who dropped out of the race after a drunken-driving arrest in late May. Vick received 2,341 votes, and the results were reported by county election officials.

Man charged with killing unborn child

CHESTER, S.C. — A Ches­ter man in jail on charges that he stabbed his pregnant girlfriend has now been charged with the death of the unborn boy.

Aris Nichols, 39, was charged Wednesday with the death of an unborn child during a violent crime. He faces up to 30 years in prison on the charge.

Police say Brittany Jordan, 21, was several months pregnant when she was stabbed April 26 in the couple’s home just west of Chester.

Prosecutor Doug Bar­field said the law does not require proof that the suspect intended to kill the unborn child.

Feds warn Georgia about runoff dates

ATLANTA — The federal government has sent a letter to Georgia officials saying the state’s schedule for runoff elections violates federal law on military and overseas absentee ballots and is threatening a lawsuit if the matter isn’t resolved quickly.

U.S. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez on June 15 sent the letter to Attorney General Sam Olens and Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Olens’ office declined to comment on the letter, but Kemp said the state is in the middle of the primary election and doesn’t intend to make changes suggested by federal officials.

Federal law requires that absentee ballots be sent to military and overseas residents at least 45 days before federal elections, including runoffs, the letter says. Georgia’s state primary runoff is scheduled for three weeks after the primary election, and Georgia’s general election runoff is scheduled for four weeks after the general election. Both elections involve federal offices.


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