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GOP tries to knock Constitution, Libertarian party presidential candidates off Pa. ballot
|Last Edited||Scott³ Aug 19, 2012 08:11pm|
|News Date||Saturday, August 18, 2012 04:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||"The state Republican Party is challenging petitions by members of the Constitution and Libertarian parties to get their candidates on Pennsylvania's ballot for president, vice president and a number of other offices. |
Line-by-line reviews of the candidates' petition signatures ordered by a state Commonwealth Court judge will begin Monday at the Philadelphia Board of Elections. Analysts say Republicans are probably worried that conservatives dissatisfied with their presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, will defect to Constitution or Libertarian party candidates.
The issues that tend to attract those two party's activists, such as limited government, fall along nearly parallel lines as those that attract many Republicans, said Terry Madonna, a professor of public affairs and director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College.
In the most recent public poll, released Thursday by Franklin and Marshall College, President Barack Obama, a Democrat, is slightly ahead of Romney, 44 percent to 38 percent, with 15 percent undecided. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.
A Republican Party spokeswoman said the GOP is challenging the nominating papers because they are riddled with errors, and the party is are concerned that Democrats are behind the petitions. The petitions, said spokeswoman Valerie Caras, were circulated by and signed largely by Democrats.
But the president of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, Tom Stevens, said the petition drive was financed strictly by party members and the campaign of former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the party's candidate for president."