Marshall turns in petitions for GOP Senate primary
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.