A panel of federal judges Monday denied a lawsuit that would have halted Thursday’s primary.
Five South Carolina candidates removed from the ballot had requested a restraining order against the State Election Commission with hopes of either getting their names back onto the ballots or at least delay Tuesday’s primary election until a judge could hear their concerns.
But the panel declined to delay the primary and denied the candidates access back into the primary.
This decision comes after the state Supreme Court declared that 250 of the candidates running were ineligible to run because they did not fill out and file a statement of economic interest at the same time they registered to run.
The five candidates that were named in the suit were Republicans Ann Smith, who’s running for Anderson County Council, Greenville state Senate candidate Tommie Reece and Edgefield County state Senate candidate John Pettigrew. Democrats named in the request were Calhoun Falls state Senate candidate Bob Shirley and Robert Tinsley, who is seeking the solicitor’s office for Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens, and Newberry counties.
The primary will take place on Tuesday as planned.
Tripp Girardeau and Ed Jenson contributed to this report