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Not too late in Texas for independent candidate

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Billings, Mont., Thursday, May 26, 2016. Trump says comments on judge 'misconstrued' as an attack against people of Mexican heritage.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Billings, Mont., Thursday, May 26, 2016. Trump says comments on judge 'misconstrued' as an attack against people of Mexican heritage. AP

Donald Trump’s latest verbal assault — this one aimed at U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over the Trump University lawsuit — has left many voters shaking their heads and praying that an alternative contender will emerge.

Such prayers could be answered only by a miracle in Texas, where the deadline for an independent candidate to get on the presidential ballot passed nearly a month ago.

But hope is not lost.

There is precedent for a legal challenge against the state’s early filing deadline.

And there’s even a window this summer during which would-be politicians can file as official write-in candidates.

With just five months left before the election and deadlines to file nearing in other states, the opportunities are rapidly disappearing.

But those voters who are considering staying home in November should be reminded that the system, however flawed, still offers a way to put forth an alternative candidate to support.

If nothing else, it would make this election cycle even more interesting.

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