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Judge tells El Paso County Republicans to redo nominating process for House District 21

Republicans in El Paso County sued each other over primary ballot results.

DENVER — El Paso County Republicans will have to redo the assembly to nominate a candidate for House District 21.

Karl Dent, who ended his run for sheriff because of a felony conviction for trespassing, originally won a GOP spot on the primary ballot. Incumbent State Rep. Mary Bradfield did not earn a nomination.

This resulted in Republicans in that district suing each other over the results.

A Denver district court judge on Tuesday ruled that the delegate who shored up Dent's nomination should not have been a delegate at all. Judge Marie Moses determined the El Paso County GOP chair added this delegate, rather than her earning a delegate nomination at the precinct caucus.

Without this single vote for Dent, Bradfield would have qualified for the ballot.

A new House District 21 assembly is ordered to take place by April 24. The Colorado secretary of state needs to finalize the primary ballots by April 29.

It is possible results could be the same.

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