By CHARLES MAHTESIAN | Politico.com
GOP Rep. Thaddeus McCotter might not have filed enough valid signatures to get on Michiganâ€™s August 7 primary ballot, a stunning oversight that could cost him his seat in Congress.
The suburban Detroit Republican, who made a brief run for the GOP presidential nomination last year, filed 2,000 signatures but a spokeswoman for the Michigan secretary of stateâ€™s office told the Detroit Free Press Friday night that â€œduplicate signatures were among the problems with McCotterâ€™s petitions.â€
McCotter released a statement Friday acknowledging he had been notified that his nominating petitions might have insufficient signatures.
â€œFully respecting the accuracy and integrity of the secretary of stateâ€™s office, we will thoroughly review our petition signatures for their sufficiency or insufficiency,â€ McCotter said. â€œOut of respect for Memorial Day, an announcement of our findings will be made public on Tuesday.â€
The Free Press reports that the state Board of Canvassers is expected to meet the first week of June to certify signatures.
According to a Michigan GOP operative who is following the race, McCotter faces a tough road ahead.
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