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Clinton, Rubio first to file for Okla.'s primary

Posted at 2:49 PM, Dec 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-07 15:49:31-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- More than a dozen candidates have submitted paperwork necessary to appear on Oklahoma's presidential primary ballot on March 1.

Representatives for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida were the first to deliver paperwork Monday to the State Election Board.

They were followed by 11 other candidates who submitted statements of candidacy and the $2,500 filing fee. Candidates can avoid the fee if they have a petition signed by a certain number of eligible voters in each congressional district, but none so far have opted for that route.

Election Board spokesman Bryan Dean says representatives for Democrat Martin O'Malley and Republican Donald Trump each initially submitted improper checks with their paperwork. Trump's campaign failed to provide a cashier's or certified check, as required by state law.