Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is the seventh presidential candidate to pass the Virginia GOP’s signature pre-check and qualify for the March 1 primary ballot.
“Senator Graham joins an already large number of Republican candidates who have qualified for the 2016 ballot,” said John Whitbeck, chairman of the state Republican Party.
Businessman Donald Trump; Ohio Gov. John Kasich; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have already cleared the party’s signature pre-check process.
State GOP officials say five other Republican hopefuls have scheduled signature pre-checks with the party ahead of the Dec. 10 deadline to submit signatures to the State Board of Elections.
Those candidates are Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina; former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore; and ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Huckabee is doing a Virginia campaign swing today and Friday, with events in Loudoun County, Culpeper, Woodbridge, and Fredericksburg. He finishes with a town hall Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Henrico County, 8701 Ridge Road.
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