Jack­son turns in sig­na­tures for U.S. Se­nate race

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro -

Ch­e­sa­peake Bishop E.W. Jack­son sub­mit­ted more than 11,000 pe­ti­tion sig­na­tures to get on the June 12 Re­pub­li­can pri­mary bal­lot for U.S. Se­nate be­fore a 5 p.m. Thurs­day dead­line.

Mr. Jack­son joins for­mer Gov. Ge­orge Allen, tea party leader Jamie Radtke, and Del­e­gate Robert G. Mar­shall, Prince Wil­liam Re­pub­li­can, as the other GOP can­di­dates to hand in the proper pa­per­work. Hamp­ton Roads lawyer David McCormick turned in sig­na­tures with­out proper ac­com­pa­ny­ing forms, and so he will not be on the bal­lot.

Mr. Allen and Ms. Radtke de­liv­ered their pe­ti­tions at noon on March 12 — the ear­li­est can­di­dates could sub­mit sig­na­tures. Mr. Allen col­lected 26,869 sig­na­tures; Ms. Radtke had more than 21,000 sig­na­tures. Mr. Mar­shall an­nounced Wed­nes­day that he de­liv­ered ap­prox­i­mately 17,100 sig­na­tures.

For­mer Gov. Tim Kaine, who turned in more than 30,000 sig­na­tures Mon­day, will be un­op­posed on the Demo­cratic side.

Mr. Jack­son’s sig­na­tures are sure to get a close in­spec­tion from the state party, though, and they may not be enough to get him on the bal­lot.

Can­di­dates must col­lect at least 10,000 sig­na­tures from across the state, in­clud­ing at least 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 in ei­ther cat­e­gory.

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