“No person who seeks [the] party nomination for an office or position at a primary election” by declaring his or her candidacy or intent to be a write-in candidate and who loses in that primary “shall be permitted to become a candidate by nominating petition or by declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate at the following general election for any office,”
It's called a sore loser law and it covers state and federal offices, and Padgett ran in the primary for Lt. Governor.
Hmm, I'm not sure about this. It would seem to me that Padgett would have to possibly have to run in another primary to get around this, but I'm just not sure. Any election law experts out there?
The WSJ isn't sure either.