Indiana GOP gubernatorial candidate removed from ballot

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February 27, 2012

By Lauren Rodgers

Former gubernatorial candidate Jim Wallace: "I'm not throwing in the towel yet."[1]

INDIANAPOLIS, IN: Jim Wallace used to be a lot of things: a member of the Hamilton County Council, a member of the Fishers Town Council, and most recently, a candidate for Governor of Indiana in the 2012 elections.

Wallace was seeking the Republican nomination for the Hoosier state's top executive office, and slated to face Congressman Mike Pence in the May 8, 2012 Republican primary election. But on February 24, 2012, the Indiana Election Commission voted 3-1 to remove Wallace from the race. In order to qualify for the ballot, a candidate needs 500 signatures from each of the state's congressional districts. Wallace fell 14 signatures short of that figure in the 7th District, located entirely in Marion County, despite having submitted 1,282. The Marion County Board of Voter Registration rejected 62% of the signatures his campaign submitted, leaving Wallace with just 486 valid signatures from the district.

Wallace is said to be exploring alternative paths to the ballot, but his departure from the primary race leaves Pence unopposed. On the other side of the aisle, former state House speaker John Gregg is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination. The two will be met in November by business owner and former star of the reality TV show Survivor Rupert Boneham, who is seeking the Libertarian Party nomination.[1][2]

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