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Monday, January 11, 2016

Who's on the Vermont Presidential Primary Ballot? These Candidates

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 6:48 PM

click to enlarge Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley at an earlier debate - FILE: CHRIS USHER/CBS
  • Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley at an earlier debate
Vermonters will be able to choose from 10 Republican or four Democratic candidates for president when they go to the polls March 1 for the presidential primary.

The deadline for candidates to get on the Vermont ballot was 5 p.m. Monday. Candidates needed 1,000 Vermont voters’ signatures and $2,000 to qualify.

The Secretary of State’s Office counts the number of signatures up to 1,000 and looks for any obvious signs of fraud, Secretary of State Jim Condos said. But state law doesn’t allow it to scrutinize every signature unless someone challenges a petition.

All three of the nationally known Democratic candidates filed petitions to be on the Vermont ballot: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley. O'Malley's petition came in Monday morning, Condos said.

There’s also a fourth, lesser-known Democratic candidate, Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, a businessman from San Diego, Calif.
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  • File photo

These 10 Republican candidates will be on the ballot:

  • Former Florida governor Jeb Bush
  • Physician Ben Carson
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
  • Former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina
  • Ohio Gov. John Kasich
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
  • Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum
  • Businessman Donald Trump
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who dropped out of the race last month, had filed a petition but told Vermont officials Monday to remove his name from the ballot, Condos said.

Two other Republican candidates won't be on the ballot here but still maintain campaigns: former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. 

Vermont’s open primary allows any registered voter to fill out either a Republican or a Democratic ballot in the March 1 primary, but not both. The deadline to register to vote in the primary is 5 p.m. February 24.

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Terri Hallenbeck

Terri Hallenbeck

Terri Hallenbeck was a Seven Days staff writer covering politics, the Legislature and state issues from 2014 to 2017.

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