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The doomsday scenario if John Dingfelder is struck from the ballot

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Don’t know if anyone else is playing three-dimensional chess or not, but it strikes me that there will be a major, major problem if John Dingfelder is, after being put back on the ballot by the local Democratic Party, struck from the ballot by the courts.

Because Dingfelder was/is/would be the lone non-Republican on the ballot (there are no other Democrats running, nor any write-in candidates), if he is removed from the ballot that would mean that the Republican primary between Sandy Murman and Trey Rustman could not be/have been a closed primary, thereby allowing Democrats and Independents to vote in the primary.

Dingfelder being stuck from the ballot presents a doomsday scenario for the Supervisor of Elections and the courts because how will they reconcile equal protection for the Dems and Independents, particularly those who vote absentee, who will have received their ballots later than Republican voters and the principle that voting cannot be stopped once it has started.

Paul Phillips, you wanna weigh in here?

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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