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Judge Upholds Decision to Keep Governor Candidate Off Ballot

Judge rules Corbett to stay off Iowa governor's ballot Photo: MGN Online. Judge rules Corbett to stay off Iowa governor's ballot

April 05, 2018 09:27 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge has ruled that former Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett won't appear as a candidate for Iowa governor on Republican primary ballots.
    
The decision Thursday clears the way for Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, who will be the only GOP candidate in the June 5 contest. Six Democrats and two Libertarians are also running for governor.
    
A state elections panel voted 2-1 last week to reject Corbett's ballot petition because he fell eight names short of the 4,005 required. Corbett had filed a lawsuit in Polk County district court challenging the decision.
    
District Judge David May said the panel was correct to not count signatures that had been crossed-through by the campaign.
    
Corbett had told reporters he'd "grab my gym bag and head for the locker room" if he lost.

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