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State Supreme Court Hears GOP Ballot Dispute

Republicans look to 2010 gubernatorial election to change their 2012 ballot position.

Connecticut Republicans want top billing on the ballots for the November general election, and they’ve taken the case to the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Arguments from the GOP and the Connecticut were made on Wednesday but there has been no decision yet, reports the New Haven Register. Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers reportedly said the state law determining who gets top billing is “confusing.”

The order in which party candidates appear on the election ballot is determined by which party candidate gets the most votes in a gubernatorial election.

In 2010 Democrat Dannel P. Malloy won the gubernatorial election and Democrats were given the top ballot spot the following election.

Republicans say the switch was made in error and they want it reversed this election. They argue that between the two major parties in 2010 Republican Tom Foley, who lost to Malloy, actually had more votes than Malloy when compared solely to Malloy's Democratic ballots. Malloy was also listed on the ballot as the candidate of the Working Families Party and outpolled Foley when those two ballot line votes were combined.

It’s unknown when a decision in the case might be made.

Eileen Mcnamara contributed to this report. 

Postman Sharp September 17, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Romney is coming unglued and we're seeing inside him. Americans don't like what they see. He's not a leader. He's not that smart. He's a little man bent on becoming president and that just isn't good enough. Americans wanted Obama. They got him. He's not perfect. But he's not Romney. We'll have him again because Obama has BECOME a GREAT President. Romney does not have that ability and his ego stands in the way of changing. Sorry, Mitt, you don't get my vote.

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