McCotter might be bounced from Michigan ballot

May 28, 2012


GOP Rep. Thaddeus McCotter might not have filed enough valid signatures to get on Michigan’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 state’s office told the Detroit Free Press Friday night that “duplicate signatures were among the problems with McCotter’s petitions.”

McCotter released a statement Friday acknowledging he had been notified that his nominating petitions might have insufficient signatures.

“Fully respecting the accuracy and integrity of the secretary of state’s office, we will thoroughly review our petition signatures for their sufficiency or insufficiency,” McCotter said. “Out of respect for Memorial Day, an announcement of our findings will be made public on Tuesday.”

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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