Stephen Colbert denied South Carolina primary run
Thu Nov 1, 2007 6:24pm EDT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It may be the shortest U.S.
2008 presidential campaign yet -- comedian Stephen
Colbert's requests to be on the South Carolina
Democratic and Republican primary ballots were
rejected on Thursday.
Colbert, who has admitted he does not want to be
president but just wanted to run for it in his native
state of South Carolina, had filed for the Democratic
ticket earlier on Thursday and paid the $2,500 filing
Hours later, the party's executive council voted 13-3
against allowing him on the ballot for the January 26
primary contest, party spokeswoman Keiana Page told
Reuters. The eight other major Democratic candidates
were accepted, she said.
"Those candidates who were rejected will receive their
checks back," she said, adding that a variety of
reasons can keep a candidate off the ballot including
whether they are a nationally recognized candidate and
the individual is actively campaigning in the state.
Colbert also failed to qualify for the Republican
January 19 primary ballot. He was required to file
papers with the state party as well as the Federal
Election Commission and pay a $35,000 fee, but that
did not occur by Thursday's deadline, according to a
A spokeswoman for the host of Comedy Central's "The
Colbert Report" declined to comment.
Colbert, whose pugnacious egomaniacal television
persona routinely mocks conservative talk shows, said
he had hoped to run in both South Carolina primaries
"because I'd like to lose twice."