Virginia Republicans will have at least three choices when they vote in the commonwealth's March 1 presidential primary. Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush have joined Donald Trump in filing the necessary petition signatures to qualify for the ballot.
Kasich, who filed his signatures on Tuesday, said in a press release he was "proud to be among the first to make the Virginia ballot." He also praised his organizational effort.
"It takes a sophisticated team and countless, dedicated volunteers to make that possible," Kasich said.
On Wednesday afternoon, Bush's campaign submitted 10,000 signatures
twice the number required by state law. In a statement, Bush said, "The commonwealth will help decide the next president, and I plan to compete here."
Kasich and Bush join billionaire real estate developer Trump on the GOP ballot. Trump was the first candidate of either party to file his signatures.
The other 11 GOP campaigns, as well as those of Democrats Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, have until Dec. 10 to submit 5,000 total signatures, with 200 from each of the state's 11 congressional districts.
When asked whether all the GOP campaigns would be filing by the deadline, RPV spokesman David D'Onofrio told AMI Newswire he would not comment on specific campaigns. Democratic Party of Virginia spokesman Stephen Carter said he expected all three Democrats to meet the deadline.
The Republican presidential field narrowed by one Tuesday, as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ended his campaign, saying in a Fox News interview "it is not my time."