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Nearly 200 candidates knocked off SC ballots

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An Upstate voter casts a vote on Election Day. (File/FOX Carolina) An Upstate voter casts a vote on Election Day. (File/FOX Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

State officials say nearly 200 candidates improperly filed financial paperwork and are being left off ballots for South Carolina's June 12 primary.

State Republicans and Democrats submitted revised candidate lists to the State Election Commission on Friday. The GOP said 87 of its candidates in Statehouse and county-level races were ineligible. State Democrats' number was 95.

The parties were ordered to produce new lists by the state Supreme Court. Earlier this week, the justices ruled that candidates who didn't file financial paperwork at the same time they filed for their candidacy could not stand for election.

According to documents released by the parties, the number of candidates knocked off the ballots in the Upstate total more than 40.

Some of the candidates who did not make the cut Friday following the court's ruling include Democratic candidate Ennis Fant for State Senate District 7, several candidates running for sheriff in Oconee, Pickens and Union counties, and GOP candidate Kerry Wood who is running for State Senate District 11.

At least one candidate sued to try and stop the noon Friday deadline. State Senate hopeful Amanda Somers' candidacy has been cleared by state Republicans.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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