Rubio Campaign Officially Files for March 2016 Idaho GOP Primary 

While Idaho law requires presidential candidates to file for ballot access no later than Wednesday, Dec. 9, Marco Rubio supporters in the Gem State must have decided not to wait until the last minute. They announced today the campaign has officially filed the paperwork necessary to be included in the Idaho GOP presidential primary on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

The freshman Republican U.S. Senator from Florida visited Idaho in June, getting some face time with Idaho's GOP elite at an Idaho Falls meeting of Republican leaders.

Idaho law indicates if one candidate earns more than 50 percent of the March 8 GOP primary, that candidate secures all 32 of Idaho's delegates to the Republican National Convention.

"For Idaho’s voice to be amplified at the convention, we need to coalesce behind a single candidate, ensuring that one candidate takes more than 50 percent of the vote in our primary,” said Idaho State Controller Brandon Woolf in Monday's announcement.

Rubio already has one well-heeled Idahoan in his corner: Just last week, billionaire Frank VanderSloot announced he's supporting Rubio's candidacy. VanderSloot told the Associated Press he and his wife have already donated to Conservative Solutions PAC, which backs Rubio's campaign.

"We're stepping out earlier, because it's a dangerous game to play if we don't," VanderSloot told the AP.
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