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Republican Ray McKay Loses Another Round to get on U.S. Senate Ballot

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by ABC6 News Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

mcurtis@abc6.com or @markcurtisABC6

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Ray McKay walked out of federal court after losing another battle in his fight to take on U.S. Senator Jack Reed.

McKay says he's not giving up.

"We are not ruling out running. The leave of absence is something we will be discussing over the weekend. We I say we, that will be a family and a campaign discussion over this weekend," said Ray McKay, (R) Possible U.S. Senate Candidate

McKay is a classified city employee in Warwick.

The federal judge upheld a city ordinance that bars classified workers from running for office.

"It's an old ordinance. It was adopted in 1971 during a period of political reform. And it was done so to keep politics and the classified employees separate," said Warwick City Councilor Peter Ruggiero.

So unless Ray McKay leaves his job - or wins an appeal - he can't run for Senate.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "At this point the Republican Party is in danger of not having a U.S. Senate candidate from Rhode Island. The filing deadline is June 26th"

Right now McKay is the sole option, but,

"If there was another viable candidate who would come forward, and had deeper pockets than I did and was willing to do this, I would step aside for that individual,” McKay said.

Some supporters of McKay are already assembled though, and with yard signs and bumper stickers, they want to see him run.

"Ray is an honest man," said Stephen Lemois, a voter.

(Q: So you would like to vote for him?)

“Oh yes I would. Oh yes I would," Lemois added.

Clearly Ray McKay's ballot battle is not over..
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