Florida Republicans, Democrats set candidate lineup for March presidential primary

Florida Republican and Democratic parties set lineup for March 15 presidential primary.

Florida Republican and Democratic parties set lineup for March 15 presidential primary.

The roster of candidates for Florida’s March 15 presidential primary is set, with Republicans offering a list of 14 names and Democrats, their three contenders.

The deadline for submitting the lineup to the Florida Secretary of State was Monday. The Republican roster includes their announced candidates — including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who recently suspended his presidential candidacy, but not former New York Gov. George Pataki, who is still running but failed to meet the state party’s qualifying standards.

The Florida Republican Party gave candidates three options for getting on the ballot: Attend the recent Sunshine Summit in Orlando; pay $25,000; or obtain 3,375 signatures from registered Florida Republican voters across the state’s congressional districts.

By contrast, Florida Democratic Party spokesman Max Steele said the party allowed all declared major candidates to get a spot on the ballot. That means Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley will be on the primary ballot for Democrats.

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