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Judge dismisses suit challenging Tucson election outcome

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) ai??i?? A judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which two defeated Tucson City Council candidates asked that they be declared winners or that a new election be held.

Judge Gus Aragon of Pima County Superior Court ruled Monday that Republicans Kelly Lawton and Margaret Burkholder filed their challenge to the election process too late.

The judge said they should have sued before the election was held, not after.

The lawsuit was filed after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals following the Nov. 3 election that Tucson’s election system violates constitutional rights to equal protection.

Tucson’s system has council candidates chosen by ward in the primary election but then elected citywide in the general election.

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