Colorado has a super long list of presidential hopefuls who have filed to appear on the state’s Super Tuesday ballots.
Last night was the deadline for candidates to file with the Secretary of State’s office to qualify for the "Super Tuesday" March 3 primary elections. It looks like sixteen Democrats and seven Republicans made the cut. The status of one other candidate is still pending.
Here are the Democrats competing for the nomination: Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Rita Krichevsky, Deval Patrick, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, Robby Wells, Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang.
And these are the Republicans challenging President Donald Trump: Robert Ardini, Rocky De La Fuente, Zoltan Istvan, Matthew Matern, Joe Walsh and Bill Weld.
The state gives candidates two ways to qualify: They can file petitions with 5,000 signatures or pay a $500 fee and submit a statement of intent. The Secretary of State’s office says this time every person opted for the latter.
Candidates can withdraw their names by Dec. 27 before the list is finalized on Jan. 3. Then ballots go out in mid-February.
A lot has changed since Colorado went through a similar process four years ago. For one, Colorado is now all about that primary (no caucus). And state leaders also moved up the presidential primary from June to Super Tuesday, joining more than 10 other states in 2020.