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Gary Johnson continues to beat Republican challenges to the ballot

• Karl Dickey
The Virginia Board of Elections today rejected a challenge by the Republican Party of Virginia to remove Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson on the state's ballot. The Board of Elections' decision clears the way for Johnson's name to appear on the November ballot.  [Not mentioned is the resources that are expended by the Gary Johnson Campaign to defeat this attack instead of focusing on the business of actually campaigning ED]
The attempt to remove Johnson's name from the ballot was one of several such efforts by Republican Party representatives in key states. Challenges to the two-term New Mexico governor's ballot access are pending in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Michigan and Oklahoma. A challenge lodged last week in Ohio has since been dropped. Applauding the Virginia decision, Johnson campaign advisor Ron Nielson made the following statement this morning:    
"Virginia is one of the toughest states in the nation in which to get on the ballot, but we knew we had met the requirements, and that the Republicans' challenge was without merit. There is, of course, some irony here, given that a couple of Republican candidates in the primary failed to meet Virginia's requirements.     "The larger issue is the guerrilla ballot access war being waged nationwide by the Republican Party on behalf of Mitt Romney. They clearly do not want voters to have the option of voting for Gov. Johnson in key states, and are frantically mounting challenges wherever they can in those states, such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Iowa. They tried in both Ohio and Virginia, and failed.

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