Libertarians await word on making Ohio's ballot

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Libertarian candidates for statewide office in Ohio are awaiting word from the state elections chief on whether they'll make the May 6 primary ballot.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) has said he'll rule by Friday on separate protests filed against gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl and attorney general candidate Steven Linnabary.

Earl has the potential to draw votes from Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) as the governor faces a likely challenge from Democrat Ed FitzGerald this fall.

The protest seeking to disqualify Earl from the primary ballot was registered on behalf of Tyler King, a Libertarian voter. King's attorney claims Earl should be disqualified and that Democrats provided him help.

Earl's attorney has called the challenge an extension of Republican efforts to exclude third parties from Ohio's ballot.