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U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is launching a petition drive to ensure he makes the primary ballot. Here’s how news organizations covered this campaign development.
Associated Press: Sen. Michael Bennet’s campaign has begun a petition drive to get his name on August’s primary ballot. Bennet’s campaign spokesman Trevor Kincaid Saturday says the move is part of an overall campaign strategy and has nothing to do with last month’s precinct straw poll that indicated the Democratic Party’s faithful favoring challenger Andrew Romanoff.
Pueblo Chieftain: Bennet’s campaign made the surprising announcement to The Pueblo Chieftain Friday afternoon. Bennet would have to get 30 percent of the delegate votes at the Colorado Democratic Party convention on May 22 to win a place on the primary ballot. He can petition onto the ballot by collecting the signatures of 1,500 registered voters in each of the state’s seven congressional districts.
KDVR: Petitioning onto the ballot is often a move used by candidates who are unlikely to receive the 30 percent of support at state assemblies that’s necessary to qualify for a primary ballot. That Bennet — by far the most prolific fundraiser in the wide field of candidates for the U.S. Senate seat he now holds — is doing it has raised the eyebrows of those who see the move as a possible acknowledgement that he may be less than confident he will reach that 30 percent mark.
The Denver Post: Michael Bennet’s Senate campaign says he’s got enough support to get on the ballot through the assembly process but he will be collecting petition signatures starting this weekend as a way to meet more people.