AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A disqualified GOP U.S. Senate hopeful wants courts to force Maine to record votes he receives in this month's primary.

The Portland Press Herald reports that financial planner Max Linn's campaign said Monday that supporters filed a federal lawsuit arguing Democratic Secretary of State Matt Dunlap improperly invalidated sheets of signatures.

Dunlap recently found Linn was 10 short of the 2,000 valid signatures needed to qualify for the June 12 ballot. Linn acknowledged some signatures were fraudulent.

Dunlap's decision was upheld after ballots were printed. So Linn is set to appear on the ballot with a notice that a vote for Linn is a blank vote.

Dunlap's spokeswoman declined comment.

Linn has hoped to face state Sen. Eric Brakey in the Republican primary and unseat independent U.S. Sen. Angus King.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com