Controversy arose during the primary campaign surrounding Democratic candidate Matt Morgan’s address. Because he filed with a P.O. Box as his official address, he was denied ballot access because a state election statute specifically dictates that candidates must report a physical residence. Morgan challenged the election officials’ ruling disqualifying him from the ballot in court. But, when the judge upheld the local official’s decision, Mr. Morgan indicated that he would drop further legal challenges and run as a write-in Democratic primary candidate.
With write-in tallies only fully reported from one of the district’s counties, Marquette, Mr. Morgan has already exceeded the minimum number of write-in votes necessary to become the party nominee. And, since no one else ran for the position, Mr. Morgan, a retired Marine Corps Lt. Colonel, is now the official Democratic general election candidate who will challenge freshman Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet/Upper Peninsula). Somewhat ironically, Rep. Bergman is a retired Marine Corps Lt. General.
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