State Sen. Clementa Pinckney faces election protest

State Sen. Clementa Pinckney faces a Nov. 27 challenge before the State Election Commission to his recent re-election.

At issue is whether he lived in the Senate District 45, which covers southern Charleston County and parts of other counties further south.

Pinckney defeated Republican challenger Leilani Bessinger by a 2-1 margin on Nov. 6, but since then, newspaper reports have raised questions about where the Ridgeland address that he has called home.

The commission can consider several factors when it comes to weighing where Pinckney intended to call home, including: income tax returns; real estate interests; mailing address; his driverís license; legal and financial documents; and others, according to state law.

If it upholds the protest, the commission could order a new election, State Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire said today. However, Pinkncey also could appeal the decision to the State Senate, he added.

Read more in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier.

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