The South Carolina Republican Party says it will not hold another primary for adjutant general.
The Morning News of Florence reported that losing candidate James Breazeale filed a protest on Monday. Breazeale had challenged incumbent Maj. Gen. Bob Livingston to lead the state’s National Guard, but lost by almost 143,000 votes.
Breazeale had appealed for a new primary after the adjutant general’s race was accidently omitted from several absentee ballots that were issued in Florence County last month. While, the 41 people who cast ballots during that period were later mailed a supplemental ballot with the race included, Breazeale says omitting his name at all could have affected his chances.
“The race having been left off of the absentee ballots for a number of days in my home county, Florence County, could have negatively affected my results,” the airline pilot and lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve wrote in his protest.
But SCGOP Chairman Matt Moore dismissed the protest, saying Breazeale would not have come close to making up the 143,000-vote deficit. Moore also said Livingston did not gain any advantage, since his name was also left off the affected ballots.
“Even if the remedy you seek is provided to you and every inference is granted in your favor, the result of the statewide election would not be changed,” Moore wrote in a letter obtained by the Morning News. “Therefore, for the reasons set forth herein, your protest is hereby dismissed.”