Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Heading off an embarrassing blunder, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson will file his paperwork for candidacy in New Hampshire's primary Friday - the day of the filing deadline.
Johnson almost missed his chance to appear on the first-in-the-nation primary ballot. When the campaign realized Thursday that Johnson's paperwork was in danger of not being filed, the governor took a plane up from Arizona so he could sign the papers in person, according to press spokesman Elizabeth Renda.
The campaign called it a screw-up.
Johnson plans to file at the secretary of state's office in Concord at 11:30 a.m.
The former governor has spent time and effort retail politicking in New Hampshire, and rode his bike on a six-day tour of the state earlier this month.