- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Virginia state Delegate Robert G. Marshall, Prince William Republican, announced Wednesday that he filed more than 17,100 petition signatures with the Virginia State Board of Elections to qualify for the June 12th GOP primary ballot in this year’s U.S. Senate race.

“Thanks to much prayer and hard work, we achieved our goal,” Mr. Marshall said in a statement. “Now that I am on the ballot, my road to victory, as in the past, will depend on People Power to overcome Money Power. It will be the same in this primary election.”

Mr. Marshall, one of the General Assembly’s staunchest conservatives, narrowly lost out on the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2008 to former Gov. James S. Gilmore III.

Former Sen. George Allen and tea party activist Jamie Radtke delivered their petitions at noon on March 12 — the earliest candidates could submit signatures. Mr. Allen collected 26,869 signatures and Ms. Radtke had more than 21,000 signatures.

The deadline to file the requisite signatures is Thursday at 5 p.m. It appears that former Gov. Tim Kaine will be unopposed on the Democratic side; Northern Virginia businesswoman Courtney Lynch dropped out of the race and announced Wednesday she was endorsing Mr. Kaine, who submitted more than 30,000 petition signatures on Monday.

Candidates must collect 10,000 signatures from across the state, including 400 from each of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts, to qualify. Republican candidates who submit at least 15,000 signatures and at least 600 from each congressional district are deemed certified. The party individually verifies signatures for candidates who submit fewer in either category.

Other Republicans in the race — who still need to turn in their signatures — are Chesapeake Bishop E.W. Jackson, and Hampton Roads lawyer David McCormick.

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