Court orders US Senate candidate back on Pennsylvania ballot

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Joe Vodvarka, a little-known Democratic Party candidate for U.S. Senate, has a big win in court.

The state Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a lower court and ordered the semi-retired spring manufacturing shop owner back onto Pennsylvania’s primary ballot.

The decision just one week before the primary election makes it a four-way race. Commonwealth Court had agreed with rival candidate Joe Sestak’s challenge and ruled last month that Vodvarka hadn’t submitted enough valid voter signatures to remain on the April 26 ballot.

Lawyer Paul Rossi says his client is thrilled the high court resolved the ballot issue in his favor.

Also running are John Fetterman and Katie McGinty.

Sestak is making his second run for U.S. Senate after losing to Republican incumbent Pat Toomey in 2010.

Vodvarka ran in 2012 and lost to Sen. Bob Casey.

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