Ohio Court Denies Party Affiliation for Libertarian Candidate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson will appear on the ballot but without his party’s affiliation in Ohio.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied an emergency request from Ohio Libertarians seeking to have their top-of-the-ticket contender listed with the party’s label.

Johnson and his running mate, Bill Weld, are set to appear on Ohio ballots without any political affiliation.

Libertarians aren’t recognized as a political party in the state, though activists collected enough signatures to get Johnson on the ballot by way of a process for independent candidates.

The ruling is the latest in a long-running dispute over Ohio’s rules for minor political parties.

The Republican-led state legislature passed tougher party rules in 2013, as the GOP faced competition from the tea party.

Libertarians have fought the changes.