In a statement released today, Paterno says "Over the last 24 hours in talking with attorneys it has become clear that the ballot challenge could be a long process with potential decision and appeals carrying beyond Monday's hearing. With less than two months reminaing before the primary, I do not want an ongoing legal back and forth to be a distraction in this race."
Paterno's petitions were challenged by another candidate for lt. governor, Brad Koplinski.
Paterno was expected to appear in court on Monday.
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