Judge: Kerrey can be on Nebraska primary ballot

Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A judge has ruled that former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey will appear on Nebraska's Democratic primary ballot in May.

Lancaster County District Judge Steven Burns' decision came Wednesday, a day after the Nebraska Republican Party filed a legal challenge to try to keep Kerrey off the ballot.

The state GOP challenged Secretary of State John Gale's opinion last week that said Kerrey would appear on the May 15 primary ballot. Gale said in his opinion that he believed Kerrey had violated a state law that requires candidates to be residents of the county in which they register to vote. However, Gale said the U.S. Constitution requires only that Senate candidates be a resident of the state they serve by the time they're elected.

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