South Carolina Democrats say no to Colbert
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) — The South Carolina Democratic Party voted Thursday to keep comedian Stephen Colbert's name off the Democratic Primary ballot, according to Executive Director Joe Werner.
This essentially means that Colbert’s short lived (Democratic) White House run in the Palmetto State will come to an end.
The state party's executive council met this afternoon in Columbia to decide which Democratic candidates met the criteria to be placed on the ballot. To be placed on the South Carolina ballot a candidate must demonstrate national viability as well as campaign in the state.
Colbert, who officially filed papers to get on the ballot this morning, lost a roll call vote, 13-3.
Meanwhile, presidential long shots, Rep. Dennis Kucinich and former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel, made the cut.
State Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler suggested Wednesday that Colbert does not meet the standard of national viability.
"He does not appear to be campaigning to win if he is only running in one state," she said.
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