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However, their plan to address reporters from a parking lot outside the state Board of Elections ran into one small problem: the weather.

Temperatures soared to nearly 100 degrees as a post-Memorial Day heat wave made things uncomfortable for the five Republican delegates scheduled to speak, including petition chairman Delegate Neil C. Parrott and honorary co-chairman Delegate Patrick L. McDonough.

Nonetheless, they soldiered on. In full suits. With no tree cover. And barely a cloud in the sky.

Within minutes, all five were drenched in sweat.

“It was pretty bad,” Mr. Parrott conceded.

We hear the reporters didn’t like it much either.

Jeffrey Anderson, Tom Howell Jr., David Hill and Paige Winfield Cunningham contributed to this report