Way back in June of last year, Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett launched a Republican primary challenge to new Governor Kim Reynolds, soon after she succeeded departing Gov. Terry Branstad who had been appointed US Ambassador to China. Yesterday, it appears that the Corbett challenge has ended before it officially began. The Iowa State Objection Panel ruled that Mr. Corbett did not submit enough valid petition signatures to qualify him for a ballot position. The minimum number of valid signatures for Iowa statewide candidates to obtain is 4,005. Mr. Corbett submitted only 4,088, according to reports, thus leaving him with no accuracy leeway. Immediately, 100 of those signatures were determined to be duplicates. Mr. Corbett has legal recourse but may not be able to finance a challenge. For now, Gov. Reynolds is unopposed for re-nomination.
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