Nikki Snyder off the ballot in 8th Congressional District after petition signatures tossed out

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Nikki Snyder is off the Republican primary ballot in the 8th Congressional District.

The Michigan Board of Canvassers ruled today that Snyder fell well short of the 500 signatures needed to make the ballot, after conducting a review of her nominating petitions. Snyder only turned in 507 signatures, and 63 of them were ruled to be invalid, putting her well below the threshold. The majority of invalid signatures (56) were due to jurisdictional errors, meaning the person signing the petition either didn’t put their address on the petition, or they lived outside the 8th Congressional District.

Snyder, a nurse from Dexter and member of the Michigan State Board of Education, didn’t live in the 8th Congressional District. She had indicated that if she won the election, she would consider moving into the district.

Snyder’s removal from the ballot leaves four Republicans in the race to square off against incumbent U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin. All four of the other Republicans – Mike Detmer, Alan Hoover, Paul Junge and Kristina Lyke – appear to have qualified for the ballot.

In other Board of Canvassers news, Republican Bob Carr of Mackinac Island, a candidate for U.S. Senate, was booted from the ballot after more than 3,000 of his signatures were ruled invalid. Carr needed 7,500 valid signatures and turned in 9,546. But a review showed that only 6,529 of his signatures were valid, meaning he’s going to be removed from the ballot.

The decision to remove Carr means that Republican John James will now be unopposed in the Republican primary, and will advance to the fall to face incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters.

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