"At 3:45 we were headed to the scheduled press conference at the Capitol Grounds Bell Tower when the call came," Jackson campaign manager Gregory Aldridge said in a statement. "I had to decide between utilizing the extra one-hundred signatures and making it to the press conference. We only get one chance to get the submission of materials right with the state board of elections. … The state would obviously not give us a second chance, but I hope the journalists who waited for us at the bell tower will. I am truly sorry to have wasted their valuable time."
"A Republican primary is a family affair," said Mr. Jackson, a former Marine and Harvard Law School graduate. "I intend to be myself. I'm not a creature of politics. I'm not packaged; I don't try to figure out what people want to hear. I say what's in my heart."