Michigan rep may not be on primary ballot
May 26th, 2012
06:45 AM ET
11 years ago

Michigan rep may not be on primary ballot

(CNN) - Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter may face a re-election hurdle that is not related to anti-incumbency sentiment or his ideological purity.

The Michigan Republican may not be on the ballot.

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"I have been apprised my campaign may have submitted insufficient petition signatures to appear on the August primary ballot as a candidate for the 11th Congressional District's Republican nomination," McCotter said in a statement Friday evening.

The Michigan Secretary of State's Office required congressional candidates to submit 1,000 valid signatures by May 15 to qualify for their party's ballot.

State law dictates those signatures be collected no more than 180 days before the petition is filed, and candidates may submit up to 2,000 signatures to cover any ruled as invalid.

McCotter's statement said his campaign would "review our petition signatures for their sufficiency or insufficiency," and respect "the accuracy and integrity of the Secretary of State's office."

It provided no information as to why the campaign may not have submitted a sufficient number of valid signatures.

McCotter was first elected in 2002 and would be seeking his sixth term this year. He previously served in the state Senate, and in September, ended a short-lived run for the Republican presidential nomination.

The Michigan primary will be held August 7.

- CNN's Robert Yoon and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Michigan • Thad McCotter
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    I think entire Nation should be like Michigan. GOP nonsense escapes.

    May 26, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Oops. Well, on the bright side, he will still have his pension and health care.

    May 26, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  3. cocoman

    great time to get rid of the goon.. been there long enough..

    May 26, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Lets see if he can take personal responsibility for this ridiculous oversight.

    May 26, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. ironman59

    At least this guy will respect the decision of the State Attorney which is nice. Unlike the numerous gop candidates who tried to use the courts to get on the ballot in places like Virginia. Those gop candidates coulldn't even meet their parties rules, let alone state rules.

    May 26, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. cigarman

    Please don`t let this Republican on any ticket. I have worked in Michigan many times. The people that I have worked with seemed to be smart enough not to let any Republican on any ballot in that state. The Republicans are telling you what there agenda is, Demolish Unions, take away womens rights, take away Medicare, take away Social Security and many other things that the average American recieves. How any one with a brain could vote for any Republican, it is just beyond reasoning. Vote Obama, and I am a Republican.

    May 26, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |