Colbert to File for S. Carolina Dem Primary

Eschews GOP as 'too expensive'; not all local Dems are amused
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2007 7:04 AM CDT
Stephen Colbert arrives at a dinner to celebrate Time 100, Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world in this, May 8, 2006, file photo in New York. The host of "The Colbert...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Stephen Colbert's presidential run is gaining a little "truthiness" as CNN reports that the Comedy Central star will file as a candidate for the Democratic primary by the deadline today. Colbert dropped his bid to run on both parties for practical reasons: to get on the GOP ballot costs $35,000. "They priced us out of range," a source told CNN. But local Dems might still keep his name off the ballot.

Anyone with $2,500 can apply to get on the ballot, but to win the approval of the Democratic committee requires two things: appearances in the state and "national viability." Since Colbert's not running nationally, locals may decide, when they meet today, that disqualifies him from an SC run. "Over my dead body will Colbert's name be on the ballot," said one party figure.