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Virginia court dismisses congressional candidate’s appeal

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has dismissed an independent congressional candidate’s appeal of a court decision removing her from the race.

The court ruled Sept. 12 against Shaun Brown, who was seeking to challenge U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor and Democrat Elaine Luria in coastal Virginia’s competitive 2nd District. The court said that the lower court order “lacks the finality” needed for the appeal to be considered, since the circuit judge had not addressed Brown’s requests for a declaratory judgment and a permanent injunction.

Brown was challenging the ruling of Richmond Circuit Judge Greg Rupe, who removed her from the ballot and said the petitions to place her on the ballot contained forged signatures.

Staff working for Taylor had collected signatures for Brown. The Republican effort has been widely seen as a strategy to split the Democrat vote.

Brown said in an email that she can appeal again.

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