Former senator Rick Santorum’s (R-Pa.) name will appear on the Indiana primary ballot, The Indianapolis Star reports:


Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). (Brian Snyder — Reuters)

The original tally showed (Santorum) fell eight signatures short in the 7th Congressional District, which is entirely in Marion County. Candidates must collect the signatures of 500 registered voters in each of the nine congressional districts to be on the ballot.

Santorum’s campaign said it thought he had turned in hundreds more than necessary, including in the 7th District.

On Thursday — one day before the Indiana Election Commission was to weigh challenges to ballot access by Santorum and other candidates — the Marion County Board of Voter Registration said Santorum had more than enough signatures for inclusion on the ballot.

The Hoosier State has 46 delegates at stake; it holds its presidential primary on May 8 along with North Carolina and West Virginia.

Santorum has tended to do well in midwestern states — he narrowly won the Iowa caucuses, bested former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) in Minnesota and is running a competitive race in Michigan — so the news that he will be on the Indiana ballot should be particularly welcomed by his campaign.