Libertarians await word on making Ohio's ballot

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Two Libertarian candidates for statewide office in Ohio are awaiting word from the state elections chief on whether they'll make the May 6 primary ballot.

A spokesman for Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) said Friday that Husted hadn't yet received a hearing officer's recommendations for resolving protests filed against gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl and attorney general candidate Steven Linnabary.

Earl could draw votes from Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) as the governor faces a likely challenge from Democrat Ed FitzGerald this fall.

A protest seeking to disqualify Earl from the primary ballot claims signature-gatherers didn't follow proper rules and Democrats provided the candidate him help.

Earl's attorney has called the challenge an extension of Republican efforts to exclude third parties from Ohio's ballot.