Removing Collins from NY ballot won't be easy

Republicans in New York state are scrambling to figure out how to legally remove Rep. Chris Collins from the November ballot and replace him with another candidate.

Collins announced Saturday he will suspend his re-election campaign pending his indictment on insider trading charges.

But it is unclear whether Collins' name can be removed from the ballot and whether Republican Party officials will be able to nominate another candidate for the seat.

Under New York state election law, Collins' name could be taken off the ballot under narrowly defined circumstances that include death, disqualification or being nominated for a different office.

State Republican Party spokeswoman Jessica Proud says party officials are weighing their options.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says Collins should resign immediately. She called his announcement Saturday "insufficient and overdue."

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U.S. Representative Chris Collins (R-NY) flashes a thumbs-up before delivering his nomination speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young
Representative Chris Collins (R-NY) is seen on a screen as he delivers his nomination speech for Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich
UNITED STATES - JUNE 13: Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., attends a House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee markup in Rayburn Building on June 13, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 11: Reps. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., right, and Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., attend a House Energy and Commerce Committee in Rayburn Building on the protection of user data featuring testimony by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on April 11, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 27: Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 26: Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., leaves a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol on April 26, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - FEBRUARY 16: (AFP-OUT) President Donald Trump participates in a congressional listening session with GOP members in the Roosevelt Room of the White House February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. Also pictured is Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY). (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - FEBRUARY 16: (AFP-OUT) President Donald Trump participates in a congressional listening session with GOP members in the Roosevelt Room of the White House February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) (3rd R). (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 19: Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) delivers a speech on the second day of the Republican National Convention on July 19, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 19: Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) checks the sound while on stage prior to the start of the second day of the Republican National Convention on July 19, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Erie County Executive Chris Collins (L) listens as New York State Governor David Patterson (R) speaks at a news conference along with other law enforcement agencies near the Emergency Training Center in Cheektowaga, New York February 13, 2009 in response to a Continental Flight 3407 that crashed with no survivors. REUTERS/Gary Wiepert (UNITED STATES)
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Republican U.S. Rep Chris Collins says he will no longer run for re-election after being charged with insider trading.

Collins said in a statement released Saturday he will suspend his re-election campaign and fill out the rest of his term.

The New York congressman was arrested Wednesday on charges he used inside information about a biotechnology company to family members so they could profit from illicit trades. An indictment was unsealed in federal court in Manhattan. He has denied any wrongdoing.

His announcement comes a few days after he said he would remain on the ballot despite the charges.

His statement said he's ending his campaign in the best interest of his constituents, President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

Collins was first elected in 2012.

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