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U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn should be kept off the 2018 ballot, Colorado Supreme Court rules

Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado’s 5th congressional district

Six-term U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs should not be on the Republican primary ballot, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday.

The ruling finds in favor of a lawsuit that contended Lamborn didn’t properly petition his way onto the ballot.

Lamborn’s campaign could not immediately be reached for comment.

Five Republicans from the GOP congressman’s district have questioned whether workers Lamborn hired to gather signatures for his re-election bid were actually Colorado residents, a state requirement.

A lower court earlier this month largely sided with Lamborn that he had enough signatures to be on the ballot, but the opposition appealed, leading to the Colorado Supreme Court ruling.

“We recognize the gravity of this conclusion, but Colorado law does not permit us to conclude otherwise,” the Supreme Court said in its ruling.

@CoSupremeCourt just came down with an opinion in 18SA176, Kuhn v. Williams—Election Law.

Therefore, the supreme court holds that the Secretary may not certify Representative Lamborn to the 2018 primary ballot for Colorado’s Fifth Congressional District.

— Rob McCallum (@rwmccallum) April 23, 2018

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