The signature petition process has officially claimed another victim. Earlier, an Iowa election review panel ruled that former Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett (R) fell short of submitting the required 4,055 legal petition signatures to qualify for the ballot. Disputing the ruling, Mr. Corbett ultimately took his argument to court, but now his candidacy has ended. Yesterday, a Polk County District Judge upheld the Iowa State Objection Panel’s ruling that Mr. Corbett did not qualify.
After the decision was made public, the former Mayor said he would end his challenge and accept the ultimate result that he would not be allowed to challenge Gov. Kim Reynolds in the Republican primary. This means that the new Governor will run unopposed for the party nomination. Ms. Reynolds became Governor when incumbent Terry Branstad (R) resigned his office last year to accept President Trump’s appointment as US Ambassador to China.
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