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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Jul. 28, 201612:00 PM EST

Voters ask Florida Supreme Court to look at closed primary in state attorney's race


A group of voters is asking the Florida Supreme Court to take up a challenge to a write-in candidate in the race for state attorney in the 4th Judicial Circuit.

The voters’ attorneys filed a document Tuesday as an initial step in asking the Supreme Court to consider an appeal of a lower-court decision.

The case centers on Daniel Kenneth Leigh, who qualified as a write-in candidate in the race for state attorney in the circuit, which includes Duval, Clay and Nassau counties.

The other three candidates in the race are incumbent State Attorney Angela Corey, Melissa Nelson and Wes White. All three are Republicans.

Leigh’s presence in the race has closed the Aug. 30 primary, which means only Republican voters will be able to cast ballots — and effectively decide the winner.

The plaintiffs contend Leigh’s candidacy is a sham intended to help Corey get re-elected.

But a circuit judge and the 1st District Court of Appeal rejected the challenge, pointing to earlier court rulings that said the presence of write-in candidates leads to closed primaries.

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