The field appears set for the 2012 primaries for Indiana’s U.S. Senate races, but Republican businessman Jim Wallace’s candidacy for the gubernatorial race is in question after Marion County failed to certify enough signatures in the 7th district.
Wallace says he disputes the count and is confident he will remain in the race. He says even if he loses to Pence, he is glad his candidacy shed light on the need for review of the state’s ballot access system.
“I think it’s a little difficult when one county comprises or holds the veto power, if you will, over the ballot process for the entire state,” Wallace says.
Any challenge to Wallace’s candidacy will now be directed to the Indiana Election Commission.
Speaker John Gregg came in Thursday with his son to turn in his signatures. The Sandborn Democrat will face either 6th District Congressman Mike Pence or Wallace if his petitions are accepted. Pence delivered his petitions Monday, with a line of campaign volunteers carrying signatures from each of the 92 counties.
All Democratic primaries for statewide seats will be uncontested.
Congressman Joe Donnelly is the nominee in the U.S. Senate race, quietly filing his petitions with the Secretary of State’s office Wednesday. He will face the winner of the GOP primary between long-time incumbent Richard Lugar and state treasurer Richard Mourdock.