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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The State Election Commission has turned down a protest of South Carolina Sen. Clementa Pinckney's re-election.

The commission voted unanimously Tuesday to reject arguments from Republican challenger Leilani Bessinger that Pinckney didn't live in the Lowcountry district he represents.

During the hearing, Bessinger called witnesses that said Pinckney no longer lives in his boyhood home in Ridgeland, his wife lives in Lexington with their children and he is a minister in Charleston.

But Pinckney said he now lives in a house owned by his cousin in Ridgeland and showed pictures of his items in a bedroom. He also showed tax and bank records that still have a Ridgeland address.

A second protest was thrown out and the commission will hear a challenge against Democratic state Rep. Ted Vick later Tuesday.

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