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Jackson submits signatures for Va. GOP Senate race

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Chesapeake Bishop E.W. Jackson submitted more than 11,000 petition signatures before a 5 p.m. Thursday deadline to get on the June 12 Republican primary ballot for U.S. Senate.

Mr. Jackson joins former Gov. George Allen, tea party leader Jamie Radtke, and Delegate Robert G. Marshall, Prince William Republican, as the other GOP candidates to hand in more than the required 10,000 verified signatures. Hampton Roads lawyer David McCormick had more than 11,700 signatures but his campaign determined that he could not achieve the threshold, so he did not turn them in and will not be on the ballot.

Mr. Allen and Ms. 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. Mr. Marshall announced Wednesday that he delivered approximately 17,100 signatures.

Former Gov. Tim Kaine, who turned in more than 30,000 signatures Monday, will be unopposed on the Democratic side.

Mr. Jackson's signatures are sure to get a close inspection from the state party, though, and they may not be enough to get him on the ballot.

Candidates must collect at least 10,000 signatures from across the state, including at least 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.

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