SC Supreme Court to hear primary case

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - The South Carolina Supreme Court will decide a challenge brought by four counties to the first-in-the-South presidential primary.

The court said Monday it will take the case.

The decision comes after the South Carolina Republican Party on Monday filed a response to the litigation.

Counties have argued that the primary is private function but that their taxpayers will foot much of the tab for putting on the event.

Last week, Beaufort, Chester, Greenville and Spartanburg counties told the Supreme Court that the state didn't have enough money to handle the primary. They said their taxpayers had to cover nearly $1 million in expenses for the 2008 Republican and Democratic presidential primaries.

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