Posted on June 22, 2012 at 1:22 PM
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A judge appears to have ordered a runoff for the Democratic nomination in South Carolina's new 7th congressional district.
Judge Larry B. Hyman Jr. ruled Friday that the state Election Commission was wrong when it refused to count votes for a candidate who dropped out of the race. By deciding not to count the votes, the commission declared Gloria Bromell Tinubu got a majority and won last week's primary.
Supporters of second-place finisher Preston Brittain sued, saying state law requires all votes cast to be counted to determine if a candidate has a majority.
Hyman's order asks the Election Commission if it can prepare for the runoff Tuesday. The agency didn't immediately respond.
With all votes counted, Bromell Tinubu got 49 percent of the vote, while Brittain got 37 percent.