Virginia GOP picks House candidate who missed deadline

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans have picked a GOP lawmaker who missed a filing deadline and submitted incomplete election paperwork to be the party's candidate for a state House seat.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the state GOP's 30th District Legislative District Committee voted Tuesday to select Del. Nick Freitas as their candidate.

Freitas had withdrawn his candidacy for re-election last week. That move came a day before election officials were set to decide his request to appear on the ballot despite submitting incomplete paperwork after a filing deadline.

It's unclear if the State Board of Election will accept the committee's nomination. The board's ruling could be challenged in court.

The Culpeper-area seat leans Republican. The GOP is in a tough fight statewide to hold on to its narrow House majority.