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NC Republican Party to put 14 presidential candidates on primary ballot

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore speaks at a Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H., on April 17. While Gilmore is polling at about zero percent in North Carolina, he’s among 14 GOP presidential candidates who will appear on the state’s March 15 primary ballot.
Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore speaks at a Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H., on April 17. While Gilmore is polling at about zero percent in North Carolina, he’s among 14 GOP presidential candidates who will appear on the state’s March 15 primary ballot. AP

None of the 14 Republican presidential candidates currently in the race will be left off North Carolina’s March 15 primary ballot.

The N.C. Republican Party filed its list of candidates Wednesday with the State Board of Elections.

“As required by law, the list is comprised of candidates whose candidacy is generally advocated and recognized in the news media throughout the United States or in North Carolina,” NCGOP chairman Hasan Harnett wrote.

So while he might be excluded from some debates, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore will be an option for voters (he’s currently polling at zero percent in North Carolina).

Here’s the full list, in alphabetical order: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, John R. Kasich, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum and Donald J. Trump.

Harnett’s letter requests that election officials remove the names of any candidates who drop out before ballots are printed.

The N.C. Democratic Party submitted its ballot choices last month: Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders.

Other states have tougher requirements for getting on the ballot. In Virginia, candidates must have a petition with at least 5,000 signatures. So far, only 10 of 14 GOP candidates have met that requirement.

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