Kaine sub­mits pe­ti­tions for U.S. Se­nate race

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro -

The cam­paign of for­mer Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine de­liv­ered 30,866 pe­ti­tion sig­na­tures to the State Board of Elec­tions on Mon­day ahead of a Thurs­day dead­line to qual­ify for the state’s 2012 U.S. Se­nate race.

Mr. Kaine’s wife, Anne Holton, de­liv­ered the pe­ti­tions to get her hus­band on the bal­lot. Mr. Kaine is ex­pected to be the only Demo­cratic can­di­date to qual­ify.

For­mer Sen. Ge­orge Allen and tea-party ac­tivist Jamie Radtke de­liv­ered their pe­ti­tions at noon on March 12 — the ear­li­est can­di­dates could sub­mit sig­na­tures. Mr. Allen col­lected 26,869 sig­na­tures, and Ms. Radtke had more than 21,000 sig­na­tures.

Virginia’s strin­gent bal­lot-ac­cess rules re­ceived some scru­tiny af­ter all pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates but Mitt Rom­ney and Ron Paul failed to qual­ify for the Virginia pres­i­den­tial pri­mary bal­lot. Can­di­dates must col­lect 10,000 sig­na­tures from across the state, in­clud­ing 400 from each of Virginia’s 11 con­gres­sional dis­tricts, to qual­ify.

Other Repub­li­cans in the race — who still need to turn in their sig­na­tures — are Del­e­gate Robert G. Mar­shall, Prince Wil­liam Re­pub­li­can, Ch­e­sa­peake Bishop E.W.

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