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Former Virginia governor and U.S. senator George Allen and tea party activist Jamie Radtke submitted the signatures needed to appear on June 12 GOP primary ballot for U.S. Senate.
Allen delivered 26,869 petition signatures and Radtke delivered more than 21,000 signatures to the State
Board of Elections promptly at noon — the first time candidates could submit signatures.
The state GOP will verify the signatures.
Candidates have until 5 p.m. March 29 to collect 10,000 signatures from across the state, including 400 from each of the state’s 11 congressional districts. If they submit more than 15,000, the party will count the signatures but not verify each one.
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry failed to submit enough valid signatures to qualify for the Virginia presidential primary ballot.
In a statement, Allen said more than 550 volunteers collected signatures at grocery stores, neighborhoods and campaign events.
“It’s heartening to see so much support for our positive pro-jobs growth plan of action to reinvigorate America’s entrepreneurial spirit, unleash our energy resources and rein in the over-reaching, over-spending federal government.”
Others in the GOP race include Del. Bob Marshall (Prince William), Hampton Roads lawyer David McCormick; and Bishop Earl Jackson.