A Mount Pleasant businesswoman has fallen short in her bid to run against Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott as an independent in November.

Brandon Armstrong, 54, last month submitted more than 12,600 signatures to the state Election Commission. But the agency was unable to certify the necessary minimum 10,000 signatures as being legally registered voters, she said Tuesday.

Armstrong said she was disappointed not to make it on the ballot and was throwing her support to American Party hopeful Jill Bossi. Also in the mix is Democrat Joyce Dickerson.

Armstrong said she had worked to collect the signatures by herself. "I wanted to talk directly to the people," she said.

Armstrong runs a painting and restoration business. She has never held office before.

Reach Schuyler Kropf at 937-5551