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Fenty Can't Run as GOP Candidate in November

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By Patrick Madden

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty will not run as a Republican in this fall's general election. All week, Fenty has shot down rumors that he would run as either a Republican or an independent in November. But early this morning -- the city's board of elections announced Fenty collected enough write-in votes from republican primary voters to win the party's nomination. That sparked even more calls for Fenty to switch parties and run.

But hours later, the board made another announcement -- Fenty would be ineligible to run as a Republican because the rules say he needed to change his party affiliation on primary day. Officials with the city's GOP party say they are disappointed with the ruling -- and believe that Fenty could've tapped into the more than hundred thousand Republican and independent voters in D.C.

Fenty, again, has long maintained that he would not run in November and says he'll probably never hold political office again.

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