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Judge Rules DeLay Must Stay

A Texas judge has foiled, at least temporarily, Tom DeLay's master plan to have himself replaced on the ballot this November to save his seat for Republicans. The Houston Chronicle reports on what the ruling means:

Sparks' ruling halts the process of replacing DeLay on the ballot, but the GOP is expected to appeal the decision to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. If the Republicans lose on appeal, DeLay will have to decide whether to campaign for an office from which he already has resigned.

Texas-22 has been on the Democrats' hit list for some time, even though it is a blood-red Republican district and there is some disagreement among political analysts over just how competitive a non-DeLay race may be. Putting DeLay back in the picture hardly clears things up.