Georgia’s Presidential Primary Ballot Is Now Set

As required by Georgia’s presidential preference primary law (O.C.G.A. 21-2-193), the State Executive Committees for the Democratic and Republican parties have met and determined who will appear on the state’s February 5, 2008 presidential primary ballot.

According to officials at the Georgia Democratic Party, their Executive Committee met on October 27th and voted to place 8 candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination on the ballot. Those 8 individuals include:

Delaware Sen. Joe Biden;
New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton;
Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd;
Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards;
Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel;
Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich;
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama; and
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

On the Republican side, a press release featured on the state GOP’s website stated that On Monday, October 29th, Chairman Sue Everhart convened the Georgia Republican Party Executive Committee to select the presidential candidates that will appear on the Republican Ballot for the February 5th, 2007 Presidential Preference Primary.

Nine candidates will appear on the Georgia Republican presidential primary ballot:

Former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani;
Former Ark. Gov. Mike Hukabee;
California Congressman Duncan Hunter;
Frequent presidential candidate Alan Keyes;
Arizona Sen. John McCain;
Texas Congressman Ron Paul;
Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney;
Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo; and
Former Tenn. Sen. Fred Thompson.

Georgia state law requires that the state Republican and Democratic parties forward the names of all candidates to appear on the presidential preference primary ballot to the Secretary of State no later than November 1st of the year immediately preceding the year in which a presidential preference primary is to be held.

[NOTE]: This was cross-posted at Georgia Politics Unfiltered.


  1. Chris says:

    Does anyone more versed in these matters know if either party has rules on who must be included?

    If the GOP were suddenly taken over by zionists could they have decided to exclude Ron Paul?

    Could the Dems have decided that Gravel isn’t a serious candidate and left him off the ballot?

  2. GeorgiaProgressive says:

    The rules are not too specific, at least on the Democratic side. The Executive Committee must meet and have a quorum and vote. The DPG voted to exclude 3 candidates from the list, obviously none of the main candidates. The “outrage” that would come from leaving a mainstream candidate off would probably not be good for either party as a whole, although I am curious to hear how the talks went when someone like Gravel came up for vote.

  3. Andre Walker says:

    Well, Chris, to tell you the truth, I don’t believe there are any party rules on the Democratic side governing who can and cannot be included on the ballot.

    I’m speaking specifically to the state Democratic Party here and not the national, but to my recollection, I don’t believe there are any national rules governing candidate inclusion or exclusion either.

    I personally would rather not have seen Mike Gravel’s name appear on Georgia’s Democratic ballot because quite frankly, Gravel is just running so he can speak at the convention.

  4. drjay says:

    but it is an incredible amount of gall and conceit on your part to wish to deny even an old kinda loopy former UNITED STATES SENATOR a spot on the balllot if he is putting forth the effort to run for prez…

  5. liberator says:

    History will be made on November 6 2007 when I will win the Ward 2 Post 1 Macon City Council Seat as a write-in candidate. While some pundits doubt I can win they may be in for a long night. We are getting donations and support from Republicans,Democrats,and Libertarians. Just wait.

  6. drjay says:

    interesting that keyes is considered serious enough to be on the primary ballot and john cox is not–or the county commissioner from south ga that is running–fendig…oh well is their no room for anyone else should a weird (or not so weird) event occur–like newt or gore jumping in later this fall–or say biden or tancredo dropping out after iowa??? or are these names set in stone current events be damned?

  7. NonPartisanGA says:

    When Hillary Clinton has a bad night, she really has a bad night:

    Obama, Edwards attack; Clinton bombs debate
    By: Roger Simon
    October 31, 2007 01:20 PM EST


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