Federal Judge Rules DeLay Stays On Ballot

Tom DeLay isn't running for re-election, but his name has to stay on the ballot.

A federal judge in Austin today ruled the Texas Republican Party has to keep the former House majority leader on the November election ballot. But the judge expects an appeal.

DeLay resigned from office June Ninth after winning the Republican primary for his district in March.

Republican leaders want another candidate to replace DeLay on the ballot. They say state election law lets them pick one because DeLay has moved out of Texas.

But lawyers for Texas Democrats say DeLay still has a Houston-area home where his wife lives.

A spokesman says Democrat Nick Lampson is focused on his own campaign for DeLay's seat.

DeLay is awaiting trial on money laundering and conspiracy charges connected to the financing of Texas legislative campaigns in 2002.

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Posted by 6pm News Producer Kelly Hefelfinger khefelfinger@kltv.com