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MCCAIN FILES SUIT TO GET HIS NAME ON PRIMARY BALLOT

As promised, Sen. John McCain filed a lawsuit Wednesday in an effort to force the state Republican Party to put his name on the presidential primary ballot in New York State.

"John McCain deserves to be on the ballot here in New York, and the scores of New Yorkers who support him deserve the opportunity to vote for him," said Staten Island Borough President Guy Molinari, who is heading McCain's New York campaign. "That's what this suit is about. It's that simple."

McCain hopes to get his name on the ballot as a challenger to the party favorite, Texas Gov. George W. Bush. The New York primary will be held March 7.

The lawsuit challenges rules set by the Republican Party that require candidates to collect about 20,000 signatures from registered party members, including a certain number of signatures in each of the state's 31 congressional districts.

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