Stephen Colbert filed to be a Democratic candidate on the South Carolina primary ballot, the first step in launching something approaching a real campaign.
But the AP reports, “Whether he’ll appear on the ballot will be decided by party officials later Thursday.
The host of “The Colbert Report” doesn’t appear to meet the party’s viable candidate qualification. And it’s unclear if he would meet the requirement that candidates actively campaign in the state.”
Update: He didn’t make it, according to state Democratic party officials. They rejected his application.
“The general sense of the council was that he wasn’t a serious candidate and that was why he wasn’t selected to be on the ballot,” Joe Werner, the party’s director, told the Politico. “There was discussion — I wouldn’t call it a heated debate — but there was discussion about it.”
The vote was 14 to 3. He could file as an independent, but he would have to collect 10,000 signatures.