By The Associated Press
Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick won’t be on the ballot in Michigan’s Democratic presidential primary.
A state elections board said Patrick’s campaign didn’t submit enough valid signatures by the Dec. 13 deadline. The board agreed Dec. 27 with the recommendation of the Bureau of Elections.
In this Dec. 16, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has failed to collect enough valid voter signatures to make Michigan’s March 10, 2020, Democratic primary ballot. The state Bureau of Elections says Patrick, who jumped into the race late, submitted nearly 8,700 valid signatures, less than the roughly 11,300 that are needed. More than 5,100 signatures were deemed invalid due to errors. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
Patrick joined the Democratic pack in mid-November, missing an opportunity to appear on the Michigan ballot without petition signatures by just a few days.
“We’re weighing our options to ensure that Deval Patrick is on the ballot in Michigan,” said campaign spokeswoman Aleigha Cavalier.
Four Republicans and 15 Democrats will appear on Michigan’s presidential primary ballots on March 10.