One of the final four Republican candidates for president is in danger of getting tossed off the ballot in his native state.
Ohio Governor John Kasich is originally from Pennsylvania and that is the state where he might not be on the ballot. A challenge was issued by a college student questioning if Kasich had enough valid signatures. The threshold in Pennsylvania is 2,000 signatures. Kasich submitted 2,184. Apparently 192 of those signatures are not valid.
Kasich’s attorney agreed that there weren’t enough signatures, but the campaign is trying to get this challenge tossed on a technicality. Kasich is claiming the challenge was filed 13 minutes past the deadline. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
“Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s own lawyer agrees the presidential campaign submitted fewer valid signatures than are required for the candidate to appear on Pennsylvania’s primary ballot. But he argued in court Wednesday that it doesn’t matter because an objection to Mr. Kasich’s nominating petitions was filed 13 minutes too late.
At issue is whether challenges to Pennsylvania nominating petitions are due by 5 p.m. or 11:59 p.m. on the last day to file.
Attorneys for Mr. Kasich and the objector have stipulated that the campaign filed no more than 2,184 signatures with the state, and that 192 of those signatures were not valid. Republican and Democratic candidates for president must submit 2,000 signatures to appear on the ballot.”
This is bad news for the fourth place candidate who simply refuses to get out of the race. He hasn’t won any of the contests but is still insisting that he will win. Ballot access is an important part of a campaign. It shows that you have a presence and support in that state. And Kasich apparently couldn’t get 2,000 in the state where he grew up.
Kasich is claiming he can win the state of Ohio and turn it all around. But, he is only given this opportunity because Mitt Romney is attempting to drive voters to Kasich in Ohio to stop Donald Trump from taking the delegate rich state’s winner take all primary.
This big news isn’t being reported in the mainstream media. They favor Kasich because he is so very moderate and expanded Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in Ohio by bypassing the Republican legislature that opposed the big government program. They seem to want to shelter and prop him up. This would have been a breaking story if it involved any of the other three remaining candidates.
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H/T: Third Base Politics