RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrat Terry McAuliffe has tendered qualifying petitions bearing 35,746 signatures to the State Board of Elections, giving him an uncontested slot on the June Democratic gubernatorial primary ballot.
The former Democratic National Committee chairman and chief rainmaker for Bill and Hillary Clinton's presidential ventures delivered the boxes to the board's offices Wednesday, the final day to submit the petitions for the June primary.
A minimum of 10,000, including 400 from each of Virginia's 11 congressional districts, is required in races for statewide office. A new Virginia law sets a lower threshold for presidential candidates.
His presumed Republican opponent, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, won't have to present qualifying petitions because the nomination for which he is unchallenged will be made in a statewide GOP convention in Richmond on May 18.