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Write-in Candidate's Name Will Appear on Del. Ballot

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP/WBOC)- A Delaware judge has ordered that a Republican write-in candidate for state Senate be placed on the ballot following the arrest of the party's nominee on child sex charges.

Friday's ruling came after Republican officials filed a lawsuit seeking to get former Georgetown mayor Brian Pettyjohn on the ballot in Sussex County.

Republicans threw their support behind Pettyjohn, who already had declared his write-in candidacy, after tea-party backed Eric Bodenweiser dropped out of the race, just days before being indicted by a grand jury on 139 counts of molesting a boy more than two decades ago.

Republicans argued that Bodenweiser had been incapacitated and should be replaced by Pettyjohn on the ballot.

But the state elections commissioner said Bodenweiser had not been convicted or sentenced and was thus still capable of serving if elected.

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