- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Republican Party-backed effort to disqualify the lone primary challenger to Gov. Tom Corbett is headed to the state Supreme Court.

Lawyers filed the appeal Wednesday to a lower court decision that ruled that suburban Philadelphia businessman Bob Guzzardi can stay on the May 20 primary ballot.

The Guzzardi campaign says it’ll vigorously defend the lower court decision.

In a Tuesday decision, Commonwealth Court Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt ruled that Guzzardi had met the requirement for petition signatures, accurately represented his occupation on his nomination petition and wasn’t to blame for failing to file certain paperwork by the March 11 deadline.

Corbett is endorsed by the state Republican Party and is running for a second four-year term. Guzzardi is an outspoken Corbett critic who’s said he’s running to give party conservatives an alternative.

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