COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson will appear on the ballot but without his party’s affiliation in swing-state Ohio.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied an emergency request from Ohio Libertarians seeking to have their top-of-the-ticket contender listed with the party’s label.
Johnson and his running mate, Bill Weld, are set to appear on Ohio ballots without any political affiliation.
Libertarians aren’t recognized as a political party in the state, though activists collected enough signatures to get Johnson on the ballot by way of a process for independent candidates.
The ruling is the latest in a long-running dispute over Ohio’s rules for minor political parties.
The Republican-led state legislature passed tougher party rules in 2013, as the GOP faced competition from the tea party.
Libertarians have fought the changes.