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GOP finds Mobile candidate ineligible, but he remains on the ballot

AL.com reports: Republican voters in Alabama House of Representatives District 102 can cast their ballots for Chris McNeil next month, but party will not recognize him.

The state party's candidate committee on Friday voted to remove McNeil based on a challenge that he does not live in the district. It is too late to change the ballot, though, so the party said in a prepared statement that it would urge voters to select one of the other two candidates.

"Because the deadline has passed to remove a candidate's name from the ballot, the Alabama Republican Party will work to educate Republican primary voters that Mr. McNeil's residency makes him ineligible to hold this office and that he cannot be certified as the nominee of the Alabama Republican Party," the statement read.

McNeil said he plans to press his case in federal court. He argued that the party's decision violates a federal order handed down by U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson in Montgomery approving a decision to move up the qualifying deadline for candidates for the primary. -- Alabama GOP invalidates Mobile legislative candidate but can't remove name from ballot | AL.com

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