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Stephen Colbert denied South Carolina primary run

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN0148677520071101 Stephen Colbert denied South Carolina primary run Thu Nov 1, 2007 6:24pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters)
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      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
      fee.

      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
      party official.

      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."
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