“Libertarians can swap in Gary Johnson’s name on Ohio ballot, Jon Husted rules”

The latest from Ohio:

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted on Monday gave the green light for Libertarians to swap in presidential nominee Gary Johnson’s name as an independent on the November ballot.

Husted’s ruling ends questions about whether Ohio Libertarians were legally allowed to insert Johnson’s name in place of a temporary candidate, 2014 gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl.

Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico, isn’t on the Ohio ballot yet: county elections officials have until Friday to verify whether at least 5,000 of the 12,000 petition signatures submitted are valid.

If Johnson appears on the ballot, he could make a difference in a close race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump — recent surveys show Johnson polling between 5 percent and 12 percent in Ohio, a key swing state.

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