PHOENIX - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that tried to block a Democratic state legislator's candidacy for re-election.
The ruling issued Monday by Judge Randall Warner of Maricopa County Superior Court says Republican Party activist Terry Rapp's lawsuit challenging the candidacy of Democratic Rep. Catherine Miranda of Phoenix was filed too late.
Miranda won the Aug. 28 primary but Rapp's suit alleged that Miranda isn't eligible to be a candidate because of her signatures on some election documents are allegedly forged.
Warner says the documents have been public record since May and that the challenge wasn't filed well past a mid-September deadline set by state law.
The judge says he's not ruling on the suit's allegations, only that the challenge needed to be filed sooner.
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