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Voter in challenge bumping Libertarian Charlie Earl from Ohio governor's race seeks sanctions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio voter who was sued over his role in disqualifying a Libertarian gubernatorial candidate from fall ballots wants the politician, his lawyers and party leaders sanctioned for taking their case too far.

Greg Felsoci (fehl-SOH'-see) filed his request against candidate Charlie Earl in federal court Monday.

He contends Earl, two Libertarian Party leaders and their two lawyers insist on pursuing their claims against Felsoci despite a lack of evidence and even after the election season has ended. Felsoci says that's needlessly increasing his legal bills.

A message seeking comment was left with Earl's lawyer.

Earl's third-party candidacy against Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has been politically charged. Testimony revealed Democrats worked to qualify Earl for the ballot, while a GOP consultant underwrote the successful challenge to Earl's petitions.

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