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Nov 24, 2015 5:26 PM

Landrigan: Ballot Law Commission affirms the candidacies of Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio

Democrat Bernie Sanders, Republicans Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio all survived ballot challenges Tuesday.

"Obviously when someone is filing for the presidency of the United States, it takes an abnormally large head of steam to deny the voters the opportunity to vote for somebody,’’ said Ballot Law Commission chairman Brad Cook.

He said it’s tough to knock someone off the first-in-the nation ballot.

This proved to be good news for the candidates.

Some tried to knock Cruz and Rubio off, Cruz born in Canada to an American mom, Rubio in Miami but his parents at the time weren’t American citizens.

"That’s a decision that affects anybody, who’s on the ballot, who proceeds and stuff like that and it didn’t make any difference whether that person was from Mars or Pluto,’’ says Chris Booth, a Concord resident who led the challenge against Cruz.

Commissioners quickly rejected those moves.

They took more time on the Sanders case from Republican presidential candidate and gadfly Andy Martin of Manchester.

The charge: Sanders was an independent and not a real Democrat.

"You can’t be an independent in Washington and be a Democrat in New Hampshire. Our law is not that flexible,’’ says Martin who took part in the hearing by telephone from San Francisco.

Sanders being named a super delegate to next year’s nominating convention is key, according to a prominent Democrat.

"By being a part of that he certainly is a Democrat in good standing,’’ says Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley.

These decisions clear the way to start printing ballots for the 58 candidates who’ve signed up to run.

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