Connecticut Republicans now know which candidates will be on the ballot when they go to the polls to vote in the state’s presidential preference primary April 24. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and GOP Chairman Jerry Labriola jointly announced the choice of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul. The order in which their names will be listed on the ballot will be randomly chosen next month.
Petitions also became available today for any other candidates seeking to have his or her name added to the ballot. One per cent of the number of enrolled Republicans, or 4,100 signatures are needed for other candidates to gain a position on the ballot.
Barack Obama is the Democratic candidate, with no Democratic primary is planned unless other candidates successfully petition. The number of Democratic signatures needed was pegged at 7,500.
Connecticut voters will ge going to the polls on the same day as voters in New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Delaware.