On June 7, the South Carolina Republican Party withdrew from its own lawsuit, filed in 2010, to let the party exclude non-Republicans from voting in its primary. The case still has the Greenville County Republican Party as a plaintiff, but it is not clear that a county party has standing to challenge the law that lets all voters vote in any party’s primary. The case is Greenville County Republican Party v State of South Carolina, 6:10cv-1407.
On June 8, the state chair of the South Carolina Republican Party, Chad Connelly, resigned, even though he had been elected just a few months ago. It seems likely that the change in the party’s state chair may have something to do with the party’s change of mind about fighting the open primary. The new state chair, Matt Moore, is 31 years old and is believed to be the youngest state chair of a major party in the U.S. Thanks to Mike Drucker for the news.