- Republican congressional candidate Scotty Moore has been reinstated to the CD 9 ballot after being removed for submitting an incorrect form to the Florida Division of Elections
- Moore qualified for the ballot on June 17
- James Judge, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House in District 14, also won his challenge and was reinstated
- Moore was an early favorite to win the Republican primary
Republican congressional candidate Scotty Moore is back on the ballot for Florida’s 9th Congressional District after being disqualified for submitting an incorrect form to the Florida Division of Elections.
Despite qualifying for the ballot on June 17, the Orlando politician was removed from the race when the Florida Department of State claimed he submitted the improper “Candidate Oath” form. In contrast to candidates for federal office, Moore submitted a “Candidate Oath for State and Local Partisan Offices.”
In Friday press release, Moore’s campaign announced that it won its initial challenge against the Division of Elections and has been restored to the ballot for the GOP primary to be held on August 23.
“This initial ruling reaffirms that we did in fact follow the law and adhere to all policies and procedures of the Division. With this ruling, the voters in District 9 will now get the most fair and just electoral process they deserve,” Moore said. “During this challenge, I continued to campaign and the momentum surrounding our campaign only continues to build. I am motivated now more than ever to campaign even harder and connect with as many voters in Congressional District 9 as possible over the next 53 days. The voters are resonating with who I am, what I believe, and why I am running for Congress.”
Moore’s challenge was joined by James Judge, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House in District 14, who also won and was reinstated.
Moore is one of several GOP candidates vying to unseat U.S. Representative Darren Soto in the redrawn district. CD 9, which covers Osceola County and a large portion of Orange County, leans Democratic.
“With the field of Primary candidates now officially set, it is still just as clear as before that I am the best candidate in this race and the best positioned Republican candidate to take on Nancy Pelosi’s puppet, Darren Soto, in November. I will always be a conservative fighter that ensures every voice is heard. This is the first of many battles that we are going to win, including the August Primary, and then the November General. Let’s get back to work and Save America,” Moore added.