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Mississippi: Judge orders Democrats to put Dale on primary ballot

The Commercial Dispatch reports: Mississippi's longtime insurance commissioner, George Dale, will be on the Democratic Party primary ballot.

Calhoun County Circuit Judge Henry Lackey on Monday reversed a Mississippi Democratic Executive Committee decision that had blocked Dale from the Aug. 7 party primary.

Lackey said he does not have the power to let Dale run as an independent - a request Dale made after the Democratic Executive Committee, in a 16-6 vote, said in March the commissioner can't run under the party label because he publicly supported President Bush for re-election in 2004. ...

Dale filed a lawsuit challenging the decision. Party officials last month admitted in court it wrongly disqualified Dale and offered to put him on the primary ballot, but he asked Lackey for permission to run as an independent. -- Dale gets spot on Dem ballot, judge rules

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