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Santorum Expected To Make Indiana Ballot Today

Last updated on Friday, February 24, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS)(WTHR13) - Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum’s Indiana ballot scare could soon be over.

The Marion County Board of Voter Registration initially said Santorum fell eight signatures short of the 500 needed in Indiana's 7th District when he filed for Indiana's May primary. But board member Cindy Mowery said she re-certified Santorum for the ballot with 500 signatures Thursday morning.

Each congressional district requires the 500 signatures to make the ballot. The questionable district in Santorum's case takes up most of Indianapolis.

The Indiana Election Commission will spend today hearing challenges to close to a dozen candidates, including Santorum. The challenges range from one man who claims President Barack Obama's Social Security number is incorrect, to voters who claim Statehouse candidates running as Republicans are actually Democrats.

The four-member panel will also hear challenges to Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Wallace and allegations that U.S. Senator Richard Lugar is unqualified to run for re-election.

Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, has recently shot ahead of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in GOP polls. And now Indiana voters will have him as a choice in the primary. Early voting actually starts April 9.

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