With a little more than a month to go before the Republican presidential primary in South Carolina, the event’s funding is up in the air. The SCGOP had entered into a cost-sharing agreement with the State Elections Commission earlier this year to help pay for the event. However, the party is now pulling out of that agreement. SCGOP Executive Director Matt Moore said they interpret a state Supreme Court ruling last month as saying the January 21 primary has to be treated the same as any other election, meaning a third party cannot be involved in paying for it. County election officials were not happy with the GOP, accusing them of reneging on a promise.
A year after conservative Tea Party members helped shake up South Carolina politics by backing successful underdogs in the state’s gubernatorial, congressional, and legislative races, the different organizations are not rallying behind any one Republican presidential candidate, The State reports.