Mar­shall turns in pe­ti­tions for GOP Se­nate pri­mary

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro -

Virginia state Del­e­gate Robert G. Mar­shall, Prince Wil­liam Re­pub­li­can, an­nounced Thurs­day that he had filed more than 17,100 pe­ti­tion sig­na­tures with the Virginia State Board of Elec­tions for the June 12 GOP pri­mary bal­lot in the U.S. Se­nate race.

Mr. Mar­shall, one of the Gen­eral Assem­bly’s staunch­est con­ser­va­tives, nar­rowly lost the Re­pub­li­can nom­i­na­tion for U.S. Se­nate in 2008 to for­mer Gov. James S. Gil­more III.

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

The dead­line to file the req­ui­site sig­na­tures is Thurs­day at 5 p.m. It ap­pears that for­mer Gov. Tim Kaine will be un­op­posed on the Demo­cratic side. North­ern Virginia busi­ness­woman Courtney Lynch dropped out of the race and an­nounced Wed­nes­day that she was en­dors­ing Mr. Kaine, who sub­mit­ted more than 30,000 pe­ti­tion sig­na­tures Mon­day.

Can­di­dates must col­lect 10,000 sig­na­tures from across the state, in­clud­ing 400 from each of Virginia’s 11 con­gres­sional dis­tricts, to qual­ify. Re­pub­li­can can­di­dates who sub­mit at least 15,000 sig­na­tures and at least 600 from each con­gres­sional dis­trict are deemed cer­ti­fied. The party in­di­vid­u­ally ver­i­fies sig­na­tures for can­di­dates who sub­mit fewer sig­na­tures in ei­ther cat­e­gory.

Other Repub­li­cans in the race — who still need to sub­mit their sig­na­tures — are Ch­e­sa­peake Bishop E.W. Jack­son, and Hamp­ton Roads lawyer David McCormick.

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