McCotter Checking On Number Of Petition Signatures

LIVONIA (WWJ/AP) — U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter says his campaign may have submitted insufficient petition signatures to appear on the August primary ballot.

The Livonia Republican is running for re-election in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District.

McCotter announced on May 15 that he had filed the 2,000 nominating signatures required to seek election.

But on Friday, he released a statement saying his campaign “will thoroughly review” its “petition signatures for their sufficiency or insufficiency.”

McCotter says an announcement on the findings of the review “will be made public on Tuesday.”

McCotter told The Detroit News that his campaign used the same volunteers to get signatures for the election. A review by the secretary of state’s office found that McCotter doesn’t have 1,000 names.

Spokeswoman Gisgie Gendreau says the petitions had duplicate signatures. In that case, both names are thrown out.

McCotter is a conservative who first was elected to Congress in 2002. He ran for president last year, but his bid gained little traction after entering the contest in July.

McCotter could appeal to the State Board of Canvassers, which approves the petitions. Oakland County Republican chairman Jim Thienel says the blunder is “unbelievable.”

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