Primary ballot challenge to Kasich dropped in Pennsylvania

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 16, 2016 3:59 PM

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during a town hall meeting, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Palatine, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(Harrisburg) -- Supporters of failed presidential candidate Marco Rubio are ending a court challenge seeking to knock Republican presidential rival John Kasich off Pennsylvania's primary ballot.

A withdrawal petition was filed Wednesday. The decision comes a day after Rubio lost his home state of Florida and suspended his campaign.

In February, Pennsylvania's secretary of state had accepted Kasich's candidate paperwork to get on Pennsylvania's April 26 ballot. But the court challenge had questioned whether Kasich's campaign collected enough valid voter signatures.

The Kasich campaign's lawyer had agreed that Kasich's paperwork was eight valid signatures short of the 2,000 required, but he maintained that the challenge was invalid because it was filed after the deadline.

Commonwealth Court judges hadn't ruled yet on whether the court challenge was valid.

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