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August 17, 2012

Republicans work to get third-party hopefuls off state ballot

HARRISBURG — 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 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.

A Republican Party spokeswoman says they're challenging the nominating papers because they're riddled with errors and they're concerned that Democrats are behind the petitions.

The president of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, Tom Stevens, says their petition drive was financed strictly by party members and the campaign of former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who's running for president.

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