- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is the first presidential candidate to file petitions to get on the ballot for the Vermont presidential primary set for March 1.

A Bush campaign aide says petitions with more than 2,000 signatures - twice the required number - were filed Thursday with the secretary of state’s office.

Bush is among a crowded field of Republicans seeking that party’s nomination.

None of his GOP rivals and no Democrats, including Vermont’s own U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, have yet filed in advance of the state’s Jan. 11 filing deadline.

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