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Sen. Don Shooter questions opponents signatures

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PHOENIX (AP) - Republican state Sen. Don Shooter of Yuma is challenging the legality of signatures his opponent filed to qualify for the August primary.

Lawyers for Shooter allege in a Tuesday filing in Maricopa County Superior Court that Toby Farmer signed petitions containing multiple forged signatures. The suit seeks a court finding that Farmer committed petition forgery and is therefore ineligible for the ballot.

Farmer denies the allegations and says he'll fight them in court.

Shooter represents District 13 and chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee and Farmer is his only primary challenger.

A legal challenge to Republican Rep. Ethan Orr's signatures also was filed Tuesday. Pima County Democratic Party spokesman Jason Ground says almost half should be disqualified, enough for the District 9 representative not to make the ballot. Orr says that's unlikely.

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