Businessman Alex Pires will attempt to qualify for the November Delaware ballot as an independent candidate for U.S. Senate. See this story. He is well-known enough to have already appeared on Greta Van Susteren’s Fox network interview show.
No one has ever petitioned onto the Delaware ballot as an independent candidate for U.S. Senate. Before 1978, Delaware didn’t have procedures for independent candidates for any office. In 1976 Joseph F. McInerney, an independent candidate, sued Delaware over this flaw in its election laws, and a U.S. District Court put him on the ballot.
Pires will need 6,080 valid signatures by July 15. Delaware traditionally invalidates petitions for tiny technicalities, such as a signature that doesn’t perfectly match the signature on the voter’s registration form. Assuming he gets on the ballot, he will be listed on the far-right hand portion of the ballot, in a spot that many voters may not even notice.