SC GOP primary ballot includes 2 questions

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Voters casting ballots in the Republican primary will be asked if South Carolina legislators should fight the new federal health care law and limit state spending.

There's no doubt about the outcome of the "advisory questions" in Tuesday's voting. State GOP leaders expect Republican voters to give a resounding "yes" to both.

State GOP executive director Joel Sawyer says the questions serve two purposes. He says the party wants to send a message to elected Republicans that their constituents want them to vote against federal health care requirements and for spending limits.

He says the party also hopes the questions entice more Republicans to vote.

Both parties last asked questions on primary ballots in 1998 - Republicans on property taxes and Democrats on a lottery.

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