New Jersey U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and author Marianne Williamson won’t appear on Wisconsin’s April 7 presidential primary ballot after dropping out of the race and asking the state Elections Commission to remove their names from consideration.
Presidential candidates approved for the ballot in January faced a deadline yesterday to notify the commission if they wanted their names removed. Both Booker and Williamson dropped out of the race after the Presidential Preference Selection Committee met earlier this month to set the ballot.
That leaves 12 Dems who will appear on the ballot in the party’s primary: U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, of Colorado; former Vice President Joe Biden; former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former U.S. Rep. John Delaney, of Maryland; U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, of Hawaii; U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota; former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick; U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont; businessman Tom Steyer; U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts; and businessman Andrew Yang.
Meanwhile, President Trump will be the only listed candidate on the GOP ballot. He was the only candidate selected by the commission. That meant other Republicans wanting to appear needed to gather a minimum of 8,000 signatures — including 1,000 from each of the state’s congressional districts — to qualify. While Republicans Joe Walsh and Bill Weld complained publicly about the commission’s decision to leave them off, neither turned in signatures by yesterday’s deadline to do so.