- Associated Press - Friday, February 21, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Republican Party is removing four candidates from its June primary ballot after finding them ineligible.

The state GOP announced the decision Friday following hearings by the party’s candidate committee.

The committee voted to remove Jefferson County circuit judge candidate Jim McFerrin; state auditor candidate Ray Bryan; Mobile circuit judge candidate Ginger Poynter; and party executive committee candidate Jamie Wilkins.

The committee will hear challenges to other candidates on Saturday.

Party Chairman Bill Armistead says challenges were filed against a total of 18 primary candidates. Armistead says challengers claimed candidates were ineligible for several reasons.

Some challenges involved claims that candidates supported Democrats in past general elections or took money from the Alabama Education Association.

The party isn’t saying what led to the removal of the four candidates.

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