Decision 2016 this morning – Georgia’s Presidential Primary is still three months away, but the ballot for both party primaries is now set in stone.
It is billed as the “SEC Primary” – eight southern states banding together for Presidential Primaries on one day to capture more candidates’ attention.
Georgia’s ballot will have no shortage of candidates, as qualifying is now official.
13 Republicans qualified (listed in alphabetical order):
- Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush
- Neurosurgeon Ben Carson
- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
- Texas Senator Ted Cruz
- Businesswoman Carly Fiorina
- South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham
- Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
- Ohio Governor John Kasich
- Former New York Governor George Pataki
- Kentucky Senator Rand Paul
- Florida Senator Mark Rubio
- Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum
- Businessman Donald Trump
The Democratic ballot, by comparison, looks tiny, with only four qualifying candidates:
- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
- Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley
- Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders
- Florida Attorney Michael Steinberg
While these 17 candidates qualified, there’s no guarantee all of them will still be in the running when it’s time to vote. Four states: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina are all Primary or Caucus before March 1st and the SEC Primary.