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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina Republicans want the state's highest court to stop a recount of votes in Richland County.

The state party made the request to the Supreme Court on Friday, a day after a circuit judge ordered that ballots and voting machines in Richland County be guarded by state police while state election officials reviewed them.

County election officials had planned to certify election results Friday, but that process is on hold.

State Democrats had originally sought a recount of votes in a disputed legislative race. The recount was expanded county-wide several hours later.

A cascade of Election Day problems delayed the county's unofficial results until late Wednesday. Officials cited long voting lines, too few machines and broken counting scanners. Some voters reportedly waited up to six hours.

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