Eckstrom challenged in comptroller general race

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Republican Richard Eckstrom faces a single primary challenger as he tries to hold onto his post as comptroller general.

Eckstrom is seeking a third term as the state's chief accountant. He faces Greenville certified public accountant Mike Meilinger in Tuesday's Republican primary.

The winner will face Robert Barber, the only Democrat in the race.

It's a low-profile job that in many states is appointed by the governor. Responsibilities include making sure the state's books are in balance and reviewing, among other things, expenses and bills submitted for payment.

The position comes with a seat on the state's five-member financial oversight panel that handles state spending and contract decisions. The governor heads that panel.

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