A Republican in Oklahoma was just handed bad news from the Oklahoma Election Board after they declined to allow him to list his name as "The Patriot" on the ballot.
From the AP:
A Republican lawmaker who wanted to refer to himself as "The Patriot" on the ballot can't use that nickname, the Oklahoma Election Board has ruled.
The board decided Monday that term-limited state Rep. Sean Roberts can still run for Oklahoma Labor Commissioner, but he can't refer to himself by that nickname on the ballot.
Oklahoma election rules allow a candidate to use a nickname if it's a name the candidate is generally known by or who does business using the nickname. Roberts' opponent, Republican Labor Commissioner Leslie Osborn, said there's no evidence Roberts is known as "The Patriot."
Live look at the election board smiling as they turned him down:
I don't for one second blame Roberts for trying to use the nickname clause for this purpose.
If he'd pulled it off I think he might have been a unanimous winner.
If I'm looking on a ballot and see the name "The Patriot" I would totally vote for him, no questions asked.
Roberts is considering an appeal of the decision.
I doubt he'll win, but, again, who can blame him for trying?
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