Democrat Ro Khanna Accused Of Recruiting Candidates To Split GOP Vote In Competitive Primary

A lawsuit filed Wednesday alleged that Democrat Ro Khanna, who is running to unseat seven-term Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) and represent California’s 17th District, recruited two Republican candidates to split the GOP vote in the June 3 primary for the seat. A Sacramento judge disqualified one candidate but let the other remain on the ballot after a hearing Wednesday afternoon.

The suit, submitted by Alameda County Republican Central Committee member Jeffrey Wald, asked Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner to boot Republicans Joel Vanlandingham and Vinesh Singh Rathore off the ballot. Sumner disqualified Rathore, saying the candidate had failed to submit enough valid nominating signatures.

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