Kerry Challenger Fails To Qualify For Ballot

On today, the day that Barack Obama clinches the Democratic nomination, I had been thinking back to 2004 and John Kerry’s (much quicker) victory for the nomination. While there really has not been much doubt for a while that Obama would win the presidential nomination this year and that John Kerry would be reelected to another Senate term, by coincidence events today also make the odds in Kerry’s favor even greater. The Boston Globe reports:

In a major embarrassment to Republican leaders in Massachusetts and in the US Senate, Jim Ogonowski, the party’s anointed candidate to challenge Democratic Senator John F. Kerry, failed by a razor-thin margin today to qualify for the GOP primary ballot.

With Ogonowski’s stunning blunder, the only GOP name on the primary ballot will be Jeff Beatty, a little-known security expert from Harwich.

According to Secretary of State William F. Galvin’s office, Ogonowski’s campaign delivered just 9,970 certified voter signatures to its election division today just before the final deadline, 30 short of the 10,000 he needed.

His only options now are to seek relief in the courts by saying some local officials lost his signatures, as he claimed late today, or to mount a write-in campaign for the September primary.

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