Only Two Republicans Pre-Qualify for Presidential Primary
Only two Republicans pre-qualified for the Republican Presidential Primary.
Incumbent President Donald Trump and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld have been prequalified by the Maryland State Board of Election to appear on the primary ballot. This decision was announced by the State Board of Elections on their listing of primary election candidates.
The secretary of state “shall certify the name of a presidential candidate on the ballot when the secretary has determined, in the secretary’s sole discretion and consistent with party rules, that the candidate’s candidacy is generally advocated or recognized in the news media throughout the United States or in Maryland.” Alternatively, a candidate may petition for placement on the primary ballot. At least 400 registered voters from each congressional district must sign this petition, which must be filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections on the Wednesday 83 days prior to the election.
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That means, at present, only Trump and Weld will appear on the April 24th ballot. Other declared Republican candidates, primarily former Congressman Joe Walsh but also the large number of other “official” Republican candidates for President, will need to submit their 3,200 signatures for certification to the State Board of Election no later than January 24th.
15 Democrats (Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Deval Patrick, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang) will be on the Democratic ballot.