- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The state Supreme Court will hear Kanawha County Republicans’ plea to fill an empty House of Delegates ballot slot.

The court has scheduled oral arguments for the case Tuesday. Marie Sprouse-McDavid and the Kanawha County Republican Executive Committee filed the challenge targeting Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, the state Election Commission and its members.

Last month, election commissioners denied Republicans’ request to fill a 35th District ballot vacancy left by GOP Del. Suzette Raines’ withdrawal. Sprouse-McDavid would run instead.

Raines said she needed time to heal after her mother’s death in March and the end of her engagement. She’s completing her term.

A legal complaint by state Democrats alleged Raines doesn’t live where she claims. It said she didn’t file or sign certain paperwork.

Commissioners said Raines’ extenuating circumstances didn’t suffice under election law.

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