Judge says Rossi can use 'GOP' on ballot - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Judge says Rossi can use 'GOP' on ballot

SEATTLE, Wash. - A Seattle judge says Dino Rossi can appear on the November ballot for the Washington governor's race as "prefers GOP" instead of "Republican."

In Friday's ruling, King County Superior Court Judge Richard Eadie said a certain amount of confusion is inevitable with the term GOP, but nothing in state law requires Rossi to list the full name of the Republican Party.

Eadie says some military voters have already voted on ballots listing Rossi with the GOP.

A lawyer for Democrats, Kevin Hamilton, had argued voters have a right to a clear and correct ballot.

Democrats say they will not appeal Eadie's ruling.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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