RICHMOND — Virginia Republicans have picked a GOP lawmaker who missed a filing deadline and submitted incomplete election paperwork to be the party’s candidate for a state House seat.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the state GOP’s 30th District Legislative District Committee voted Tuesday to select Del. Nick Freitas as its candidate.

Freitas had withdrawn his candidacy for reelection last week. That move came a day before election officials were set to decide his request to appear on the ballot despite submitting incomplete paperwork after a filing deadline.

It’s unclear if the State Board of Elections will accept the committee’s nomination. The board’s ruling could be challenged in court.

The Culpeper seat leans Republican. The GOP is in a tough fight statewide to hold on to its narrow House majority.

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