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Ohio: is Padgett barred by the sore-loser law or not?

AP reports: The leading Republican candidate to replace Rep. Bob Ney on the November ballot may be ineligible, party officials said Tuesday, complicating GOP efforts to assure a smooth transition for the fall campaign.

"As far as I know, I have a green light," state Sen. Joy Padgett said as party lawyers reviewed an Ohio law that barred politicians who lose one primary from entering another one during the same year. ...

One Republican strategist, speaking on condition of anonymity, said lawyers had concluded that the so-called political sore loser's law probably would bar Padgett from running.

State GOP Chairman Bob Bennett said that he didn't believe the law applied to her, and that he would seek a formal ruling from the secretary of state.

One official said the legal controversy arose in part because the law as drafted differed from what lawmakers had said they intended which was to prevent a primary loser from later filing as a candidate in the same race. -- Candidate for Rep Ney's Seat May Be Ineligible - Los Angeles Times

Paul Kiel writes on TPMmuckraker.com: Democrats in Ohio might challenge the candidacy of Rep. Bob Ney's (R-OH) chosen successor based on at least two different statutes, a spokesman for the Ohio Democrats told me today.

Republicans are still determining whether state Sen. Joy Padgett might be disqualified from running based on what's called the "sore loser" statute in Ohio law. The law prevents a candidate from running in a general election after losing a primary. Padgett ran for lieutenant governor earlier this year.

But there's yet another statute that might prevent Padgett from running. A year-old statute prevents Ohioans from running for both state and federal office in the same year. "Ironically," the Columbus Dispatch notes, "Republicans slipped that restriction into the state budget bill last year apparently to prevent Democratic U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland from running both for re-election and governor this year." -- Ney Successor on Course for Legal Showdown

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