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New Mexico federal court decision on Nader case delayed

Albuquerque Journal reports: A federal judge on Friday delayed ruling on a lawsuit to keep presidential candidate Ralph Nader on the New Mexico ballot, saying he would wait for a state Supreme Court decision next week.

"I'll put out an opinion after the Supreme Court does, if it's necessary," Senior U.S. District Court Judge John Edwards Conway said.

The state Supreme Court on Tuesday is scheduled to hear an appeal from Nader supporters seeking to keep him on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Nader was kicked off the New Mexico ballot earlier this week when a state District Court judge ruled he can't run as an independent presidential candidate here while running with minor party affiliations in other states. For instance, the longtime consumer advocate is a Reform Party candidate in Florida. ...

Conway also referred to the earlier state District Court decision. "I can tell you now I don't think much of that statute," he said. -- Nader Ruling Delayed, Fed Judge Waiting on N.M. Justices (ABQjournal.com)