- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 16, 2005

RICHMOND (AP) — Another Republican candidate for lieutenant governor has failed to qualify for the June 14 primary ballot.

State Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr., of Augusta County, was unable to deliver enough signatures in three congressional districts by Friday’s 5 p.m. deadline.

Mr. Hanger said yesterday that he had plenty of signatures, but about 3,500 of them got held up in traffic because of accidents on Interstates 95 and 64. He also said his son arrived with petitions from the 8th and 11th congressional districts, and a campaign worker arrived with signatures from the 2nd District just moments after the door was locked at the state Board of Elections.

Mr. Hanger said the situation is ironic, because fixing the state’s transportation problems would have been one of his major goals as lieutenant governor.

State law requires candidates to obtain the signatures of 10,000 registered voters, including at least 400 in each of the 11 congressional districts, to get on the ballot.

Northern Virginia lawyer Gil Davis dropped out of the Republican race for lieutenant governor Friday after failing to get enough signatures in two districts. Another candidate, Kenneth Golden of Virginia Beach, never showed up with his petitions.

That reduces the once-crowded Republican field to just two, state Sen. Bill Bolling of Hanover County and Prince William County Supervisor Sean Connaughton.

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