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Mitt Romney First Presidential Candidate To File In Indiana

Mitt Romney's petition included 7,000 signatures. The state requires at least 4,500.

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Mitt Romney is the first Republican presidential candidate to file his petitions in Indiana.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is the first candidate to file a petition for the Indiana presidential primary. Indiana Representative Todd Rokita dropped off the petition to the Indiana Election Division on Tuesday.

Indiana requires 4,500 signatures total with at least 500 from each congressional district. Romney’s petition included 7,000 signatures, according State Election Division Co-director Trent Deckard.

Tuesday was the deadline for presidential candidates to file primary petitions with the counties. Deckard says the counties then certify that the people who signed the petitions are registered voters of the county.

Those petitions must be delivered to the Election Division by noon on February 7 for a candidate to be eligible to appear on the state ballot.

President Barack Obama does not need to file for the primaries because no Democratic presidential primaries are being held in the state.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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