No Santorum delegates for 13th District

No Santorum delegates for 13th District

SPRINGFIELD — Republican voters in much of Champaign County, plus Piatt, DeWitt and Macon counties, won't be able to vote for delegates pledged to Rick Santorum in the March 20 Republican primary election.

Santorum's Illinois coordinator, Jon Zahm, confirmed Monday that a filing error last Friday kept petitions for Santorum's 13th Congressional District slate from being filed with the state board of elections.

"A human error was made by one of the Santorum volunteers, and the packet did not get presented to the state board of elections in time," said Zahm.

Santorum will have a delegate slate on the ballot in 14 of Illinois' 18 congressional districts, according to Zahm, and his name will appear on the statewide presidential preference ballot with Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrish and Buddy Roemer.

"This District 13 came together very late," Zahm said. "It would have been filed, but we ran into this snafu and part of the reason for the snafu is that the darn packet was so thin that the volunteer missed it and didn't pull it out of the envelope."

In addition to the filing mishap, Zahm said that it was discovered that one of the alternate delegate candidates pledged to Santorum in the 13th District actually lived in another congressional district, and another didn't file required paperwork on time.

The Santorum snafu means that Republican voters in the 13th Congressional District will have just three delegate slate choices on March 20: those pledged to Romney, Paul and Gingrich.

In the neighboring 15th Congressional District, which includes Danville, Tuscola, Paris and Charleston-Mattoon, Republicans have a choice among four delegates each for Romney, Paul, Gingrich and Santorum.

President Obama is the only presidential candidate listed on Illinois' Democratic primary ballot.

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