Allen, Radtke and Marshall certified for GOP primary

Posted at 8:28 PM, Mar 30, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-31 12:19:32-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - The Republican Party of Virginia tallied up signatures Friday to determine the candidates for the June 12 Republican Primary after a nearly three-week window to submit petitions closed Thursday.

Former Virginia governor and U.S. senator George Allen, former Tea Party President Jamie Radtke, Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall and Bishop E.W. Jackson all filed petitions with the RPV, hoping to get on the ballot.

The threshold to get on Virginia’s ballot is 10,000 valid signatures.

Allen, Radtke and Marshall all submitted more than 17,000 signatures and were certified by early afternoon.

Once a candidate exceeds 15,000, the chances for certification are virtually guaranteed, according to party spokesperson Garren Shipley.

Jackson, however, barely cleared 11,000 -- meaning the party staff members had to go through and verify each of his petitions individually.

Sam Brock spoke with some of the candidates and the party about "certification day,"and brings us a preview of the Republican primary.

Additionally, former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine was certified as the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in the upcoming election on Nov. 6. [READ MORE: Kaine is official Democratic nominee for US Senate]

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