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Jackson ruled inelegible for matching funds . . . and he plans lawsuit to fight runoff primaries

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said Wednesday his campaign will file as many lawsuits as necessary to eliminate runoff primaries that he contends discriminate against minorities.

The Democratic presidential candidate has made opposition to runoff primaries a litmus test for whether he will support the party's presidential nominee.

Jackson backers in Georgia said Wednesday they would ask a federal court to strike down that state's law requiring a runoff election in primaries in which no candidate wins a majority. State Rep. Tyrone Brooks of Atlanta said he believes the law violates the Voting Rights Act.

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