Castro, Delaney miss deadline to be on Virginia’s 2020 primary ballot

Election official with voting stickers at Robious Elementary School in Midlothian, Va., November 5, 2019. (Parker Michels-Boyce/Virginia Mercury)

No top-tier candidates appear to have missed Virginia’s deadline to file paperwork to qualify for the state’s 2020 presidential primary, but former HUD Secretary Julián Castro was notably absent from the list of filers released by state elections officials.

Presidential hopefuls had to file at least 5,000 petition signatures from registered voters – including 200 signatures from each of the state’s 11 congressional districts – by 5 p.m. Thursday in order to have a shot at qualifying for the Virginia ballot.

Of the 15 Democratic candidates still in the running, 13 had filed paperwork by the deadline, according to the Virginia Department of Elections. Castro and former Maryland Congressman John Delaney were the two candidates who failed to file.

The Castro and Delaney campaigns did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday evening.

The campaigns that did file petition signatures will now have their paperwork checked by the Democratic Party of Virginia, which will certify a final list of candidates by Tuesday.

Because some people who sign petitions aren’t actually registered voters, the state recommends that candidates turn it at least 7,500 signatures.

Here are the candidates who filed by the deadline, ranked by the number of unverified petition signatures each campaign reported filing:

  • Bernie Sanders – 13,396
  • Tom Steyer – 13,287
  • Pete Buttigieg – 12,300
  • Amy Klobuchar – 9,038
  • Tulsi Gabbard – 9,000
  • Joe Biden – 8,757
  • Cory Booker – 8,688
  • Andrew Yang – 8,138
  • Elizabeth Warren – 7,900
  • Marianne Williamson – 7,424
  • Michael Bennet – 7,300
  • Michael Bloomberg – 7,000
  • Deval Patrick – 5,981

Candidates can withdraw from the Virginia ballot by next Wednesday, when the State Board of Elections will hold a drawing to determine the order of the names on the ballot.