CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada judge is siding with the state's Republican Party by saying political parties can pick who will appear on the ballot for the Silver State's first special election to fill a vacant U.S. House seat.
The ruling Thursday will likely be appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court.
Gov. Brian Sandoval appointed Republican Rep. Dean Heller to replace John Ensign in the U.S. Senate, and Democratic Secretary of
State Ross Miller previously said Heller's replacement would be determined by an open contest.
The Nevada Republican Party sought an injunction to prevent more
than one candidate from each party from appearing on the Sept. 13
The judge says Miller misinterpreted a law written in 2003, to decide how to replace a member of Congress who leaves in the middle of a term.
An open ballot could benefit tea party-backed Sharron Angle. She won last year's crowded GOP U.S. Senate primary but lost the general election to Democrat Harry Reid. Several other Democrats and Republicans are running for the seat, and there's no word how how the parties will decide who will go forward for the September election.
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