Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) is at risk of losing his place on the Aug. 7 primary ballot due to problems with his petition signatures, wreaking havoc on the GOP’s once secure hold on his seat. In a Friday statement, McCotter announced the Secretary of State had questioned whether he collected sufficient signatures to make the ballot. “I have been apprised my campaign may have submitted insufficient petition signatures to appear on the August primary ballot as a candidate for the 11th Congressional District’s Republican nomination,” he said in the late-night statement.
If the five-term Congressman gets booted from the ballot, Republicans will be forced to nominate a perennial candidate or mount a challenging write-in campaign for McCotter or another candidate. McCotter, who abandoned his quixotic bid for president last year, said his campaign would examine their signatures and make a statement Tuesday.
McCotter filed 2,000 signatures to run for GOP nomination in the 11th district. But an initial review by the Secretary of State’s office showed he had fewer than the 1,000 necessary to make the ballot, a spokeswoman told MIRS news, a Michigan political news service.