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Fri Nov 27, 2015, 09:47 PM


Candidates set for 2016 Michigan presidential primary


Fourteen Republicans and three Democrats will appear on the March 8 presidential primary ballot...All 17 names will stay on the ballot unless the candidates send the Secretary of State a letter by 4 p.m. Dec. 11 stating that they’re no longer a candidate, said SOS spokesman Fred Woodhams.

Republicans on the ballot: former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, California businesswoman Carly Fiorina, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former New York Gov. George Pataki, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and New York businessman Donald Trump.

Democrats on the ballot will be: former first lady, U.S. Secretary of State and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Left off the ballot was Republican Jim Gilmore, the former governor of Virginia who has run a largely invisible campaign.

The leaders of the Michigan Republican and Democratic parties have until Nov. 17 to add the names of other candidates to the list for their party. And other potential candidates not on the SOS list or submitted by the state parties can gather enough signatures — 10,577 for Republicans and 12,823 for Democrats, which is calculated based on the number of votes in the last presidential election — to qualify for the March 8 ballot...

Dems to vote for president at statewide primary in 2016


For the first time in 24 years, Michigan Democrats will choose their pick for President at a statewide primary election next year.

The party has used caucuses, online voting and a contested primary in 2008 when not all candidates appeared on the ballot. But for this presidential cycle, the party will throw their lot in with Republicans and the state Legislature, which has already approved a presidential primary election for March 8, 2016.

The state will run and pay for the election at a cost of about $10 million.

At stake are 152 delegates and 11 alternates, who will be chosen based on the number of votes each presidential candidate receives in the election. Those delegates will go the Democratic National Convention where the party’s nominee for President will be officially chosen.

While Michiganders don’t have to declare a party preference when they register to vote, they will have to ask for a Democratic or Republican ballot for the presidential primary. Those selections are a matter of public record....

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