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Rep. Jim Banks survives ballot challenge over Jan. 6

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Rep. Jim Banks, (R-Columbia City) survived a ballot challenge launched by his Democratic 3rd District opponent Aaron Culkins over claims Banks supported an insurrection.

Banks was rejected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the top Republican for the committee investigating last year's U.S. Capitol insurrection is fending off an effort to remove his name from this year's election ballot.

Bank denounced the ballot challenge as frivolous and in a statement issued after Friday's hearing accused Democrats of "trying to rig the game" and disenfranchise voters.

Banks was one of 147 Republicans who voted against certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election.

President Joe Biden won both in the popular vote and the Electoral College.

A similar challenge is pending against North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn.

Rebecca manages the news at WBOI. She joined the staff in December 2017, and brought with her nearly two decades of experience in print journalism, including 15 years as an award-winning reporter for the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne.