Supreme Court shuts down Ohio Libertarians' ballot request
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The Supreme Court says Ohio’s Libertarian Party cannot list Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonPotential GOP primary challenger: Trump's 'contempt for the American people' behind possible bid The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration Former Mass. governor takes step toward Trump primary challenge MORE and Bill Weld as its candidates on general presidential election ballots, according to a new report.

Johnson and Weld will instead appear as independents in the Buckeye State this November, The Washington Examiner said Monday.


The Examiner said the eight-person court struck down an emergency request from Ohio’s Libertarian Party late Monday.

Buckeye State libertarians first asked Associate Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan for a full-court vote last week, it said.

The Washington Examiner added that Ohio’s ballot template is due Tuesday, making it difficult for Johnson and Weld to receive Libertarian status by then.

Libertarian and independent candidates were forced into battling over the same ballot slot after the former lost its minor-party status, the newspaper continued. Ohio’s Libertarian Party has since lost in appeals court multiple times this summer before Monday’s Supreme Court move.

Reports emerged last week Johnson is appearing on the ballot in Ohio despite a mishap in which staffers left his name off the state’s filing paperwork.

Johnson aides purportedly listed placeholders instead of his name or Weld’s when submitting petitions for their addition.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said on Aug. 24 the campaign could swap names so long as it verified petition signatures.

Johnson and other independent candidates were required to submit 5,000 valid signatures from qualified Ohio voters to secure a spot on the state’s ballot.

Johnson, the Libertarian presidential nominee, and Weld, his running mate, have frequently said they offer an alternative to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump rips Krugman, NYT after columnist writes GOP no longer believes in American values Klobuchar jokes to Cuomo: 'I feel you creeping over my shoulder' but 'not in a Trumpian manner' Dems seek to rein in calls for impeachment MORE.

Clinton leads Trump, the GOP’s presidential nominee, by about 4 points in Ohio, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls there.

Clinton’s lead grows nationwide, however, with Trump trailing his Democratic counterpart by roughly 6 points in the same index.