North Carolina parties offer 30-plus presidential candidates


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s official political parties want more than 30 presidential candidates on the March primary ballots.

The five qualifying parties had until Wednesday to submit to the State Board of Elections their lists of candidates for the presidential preference primary.

State law says the list must have candidates “whose candidacy is generally advocated and recognized in the news media throughout the United States or in North Carolina.”

The state Republican Party wrote the board back in October, saying the only name on the GOP ballot should be President Donald Trump.

State Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin provided 15 names to the board this week.

They are Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Deval Patrick, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang.

The Libertarian Party listed 16 presidential hopefuls.

The Green Party offered just one candidate in Howie Hawkins.

The Constitution Party of North Carolina offered two names late Wednesday.

The state board will finalize the candidates in early January.

A board majority could add more names.

Primary voters can also pick “no preference” on ballots.

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