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Little-known Senate candidate Joe Vodvarka ordered off Pa. ballot

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 31, 2016 1:49 AM

 

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In this Feb. 25, 2016, photo, Joseph Vodvarka talks about his campaign at his shop in Clinton. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Harrisburg) -- A state court is ordering a spring manufacturing shop owner off Pennsylvania's Democratic Party primary ballot for U.S. Senate. 

Commonwealth Court Judge Kevin Brobson order's went against Joe Vodvarka.

Brobson granted former Congressman Joe Sestak's challenge to Vodvarka's candidate paperwork and ruled he hadn't submitted enough valid voter signatures to remain on the April 26 ballot. 

Also running are John Fetterman and Katie McGinty. 

Sestak is making his second run for U.S. Senate after losing by two percentage points to Republican incumbent Pat Toomey in 2010.

He succeeded in knocking Vodvarka off the primary ballot that year, too.

Vodvarka ran again in 2012 and drew 20 percent of the primary vote after his paperwork went unchallenged by the winner, Senator Bob Casey.

Vodvarka says he'll have to talk to his lawyer about whether to appeal.  

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