Republican Frontrunner Ruled Ineligible for Ballot

Republican Frontrunner Ruled Ineligible for Ballot

The Bureau of Elections dropped a midterm bombshell Tuesday. 

According to its review, five of the 10 candidates running for governor failed to reach the 15,000 signature threshold to get their names on the ballot.

Former Detriot Police Chief and businessman were among the most prominent Republican candidates who reportedly failed to submit enough valid signatures.

The Michigan Board of Canvassers met today to review the bureau’s findings. The board, consisting of two Democrats and two Republicans, came to split decisions, possibly dooming Craig’s campaign — and that of five other candidates.

For the time being at least, none of their names will appear on the August primary ballot.

The Detriot News has more on the election fallout:

Michigan will now likely see a high-profile legal battle play out over the signatures in the coming weeks with absentee ballots for the primary supposed to be available in less than a month.

“We have an obligation to determine whether the requisite number of qualified and registered voters have signed these petitions,” Democratic canvasser Mary Ellen Gurewitz said before the votes. “What we know is for at least 30 circulators, all of the petition signatures that they have submitted are false.”

The two Democratic canvassers voted to accept recommendations from the state Bureau of Elections that the candidates be blocked from the ballot because of the apparent forgeries. The two Republican canvassers went against the recommendations of state election officials, noting that the bureau hadn’t individually analyzed every signature.

Republican canvasser Norm Shinkle said fraudulent petition circulators should go to prison. But Shinkle said he wasn’t prepared to shift the blame to candidates by blocking their ability to get on the ballot.

According to RealClearPolitics, the latest surveys have shown Craig leading the crowded GOP primary field by 17 points. Whitmer has led Craig by three points on average in hypothetical head-to-head matchups.

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