Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Colbert Set to Run In Dem Primary; Skipping GOP

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Wed, Oct 31, 2007 at 3:33 PM

CNN reports that Stephen Colbert will be filing to run in the Democratic primary late today or tomorrow, but he's skipping the GOP primary.

The Comedy Central funny man had announced plans to run in both primaries in South Carolina, but the price tag for the GOP race was too high.

The South Carolina native will not file papers as a Republican because the $35,000 required to get on the GOP ballot is apparently too high a threshold. "They priced us out of range," the source told CNN.

But the joke may be over Thursday night.

But whether Colbert's name will show up on the ballot remains unclear

The state party's 26-member executive council -- with representatives from each of South Carolina's six congressional districts as well as state members of the Democratic National Committee -- will meet Thursday afternoon to decide which candidates meet the criteria to appear on the ballot. To make the cut, a candidate must demonstrate two requirements: that he or she is viable nationally and has spent time campaigning in the state.

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