Sestak looks to bump Vodvarka off Pennsylvania Senate ballot

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 23, 2016 3:37 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Former Democratic congressman Joe Sestak speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Philadelphia.

(Harrisburg) -- Joe Sestak is trying to make Pennsylvania's four-way race for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate into a three-way race.

Sestak filed a court challenge Tuesday to the candidate petitions of political unknown Joe Vodvarka. In the challenge, Sestak says more than 60 percent of the voter signatures submitted by Vodvarka are flawed and shouldn't be counted.

Sestak is making his second U.S. Senate run after losing by 2 percentage points to Republican incumbent Pat Toomey in 2010. He succeeded in knocking Vodvarka off the ballot that year.

Vodvarka ran again in 2012, and drew 20 percent of the Democratic Party's primary vote, and was unchallenged by the winner, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.

Vodvarka says Sestak's move is cowardly and that he doesn't have the money to hire a lawyer.

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