An Indiana congressional candidate is simultaneously running for Senate in Tennessee and isn’t a resident of either state.
Erin Magee is one of five Republicans seeking the nomination to oppose Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indiana.
He’s also challenging Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, and running for Congress in his home state of Florida.
The Indiana Secretary of State’s office says it appears to be legal. Spokesperson Valeri Kroeger says states can’t dictate requirements for Congressional candidates.
“The U.S. Supreme Court has said the only qualifications for running for United States Representative are those in the Constitution,” Kroeger says. “States have no power to add to that list.”
The Constitution requires only that a candidate for Congress be a resident of his state on Election Day.
Indiana primary candidates now must prove they voted in the previous primary under party banner they claim. However, Republicans didn’t challenge Magee, and the deadline to do so has passed.