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Romney Becomes First Republican to Appear on Primary Ballot

Anita Kumar

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney today became the first Republican presidential candidate to qualify to appear on the ballot in Virginia's Feb. 12 presidential primary. A day earlier, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama qualified as the first Democrat.

At 1:30 p.m. today, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) and Del. Christopher Kilian Peace (R-Hanover) submitted the necessary petitions and paperwork to the state Board of Elections in downtown Richmond to include Romney on the ballot.

"Gov. Mitt Romney is a leader Virginians can be proud to support,'' said Bolling, who serves as Romney's statewide campaign chairman in Virginia. "He is the only candidate in the race who has the experience, vision and values to lead this country forward."

Bolling's chief of staff, Randy Marcus, said the ability to collect the petition signatures shows Romney has grass roots support in Virginia.

"It is a significant growth from where our organization was in the state just a couple months ago,'' Marcus said.

Romney's wife, Ann, will be appearing tomorrow night at the Virginia Republican Party Advance in Crystal City.

By Anita Kumar  |  November 29, 2007; 4:20 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2008/President  
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