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The Libertarian Party’s complaint alleges that hosting the September 19 debate amounted to an illegal campaign contribution to DeWine and Cordray from UD.
“As the university has not had time to review the complaint, we have no comment at this time,” UD spokeswoman Cilla Shindell said in an email.
We have reached out to the DeWine and Cordray campaigns for a response.
A university spokesperson said the week before the debate that it had set a 10-percent polling requirement for candidates to participate in the debate. The Libertarian complaint said there is no evidence they have seen that the criteria was set before the debate was announced and said that was improper.
Cox Media Group Ohio, which owns this newspaper and WHIO radio and TV stations, was the media sponsor of the Dayton debate but was not included in the Libertarian Party complaint. Instead, it names the Cordray and DeWine campaigns, the candidates and UD as defendants.
The Ohio Elections Commission is expected to give the complaint a preliminary review at its Nov. 1 meeting.
Related: Watch the full governor debate between Cordray and DeWine