Gubernatorial GOP Challenger Not On Primary Ballot

GOP candidate Jim Wallace will not appear on the ballot to challenge Congressman Mike Pence.

Jim Wallace

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Gubernatorial candidate Jim Wallace did not have enough petition signatures to qualify for the primary ballot.

The Indiana Election Commission ruled Friday that GOP gubernatorial hopeful Jim Wallace will not be on the ballot in the primary.

To be on the primary ballot for governor in Indiana, a candidate must have five hundred certified signatures from each congressional district. Businessman Jim Wallace only had 486 signatures affirmed in Marion County. But Wallace argued that Marion County’s system was flawed and failed to certify signatures that were valid. Election Commission chairman Dan Dumezich says Wallace did not do enough to prove that.

“I haven’t heard any testimony today that would leave me to believe that the 486 is not an accurate count,” he says.

The Commission voted three to one to deny Wallace a place on the ballot.  Wallace says he takes ultimate responsibility for his failure to get on the ballot, but indicates the battle is not over.

“We’re going to investigate our options,” he says. “There’s a method for judicial process here, and we’re going to take a look at what our options are, but we’re disappointed.”

Challenges to Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, President Barack Obama, GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence and Senator Richard Lugar were all denied by the Commission. They will each be on the ballot.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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