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October 21, 2018

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Judge reverses ruling in GOP Assembly candidate case

A novice candidate who didn't campaign, didn't file finance reports and testified he was surprised to win a Republican primary for state Assembly will remain on the November ballot.

A judge in Las Vegas said today he didn't have power to disqualify Jason Burke from office.

With mail-in ballots listing Burke's name already distributed, Clark County District Court Judge Jim Crockett undid a mistake he made last month in granting candidate Mack Miller's bid to block Burke's candidacy.

Crockett says state campaign finance law allows for fines for failing to file required campaign finance reports, but not disqualification of a candidate.

The 24-year-old Burke is a part-time cellphone salesman.

He topped Miller by 122 votes in the June GOP primary for state Assembly District 5 in suburban southwest Las Vegas.