- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Pima County Democratic Party has dropped a lawsuit challenging whether Republican Rep. Ethan Orr gathered enough signatures to appear on the August primary ballot.

The announcement Monday means Orr will appear on the November general election ballot for the 9th Legislative District because he faces no primary challenger.

Orr said when the challenge was filed last week that he was confident he collected enough signatures. Democrats said they believed almost half should be thrown out.

The county Democrat Party said Monday that a county election department review showed a high disqualification rate but not enough to keep Orr off the ballot. Democrats say they’ll focus on defeating Orr in the election.

The 9th is a swing district with more Democrats than Republicans and a large number of independents.

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