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Bush makes it official today

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

If you ever wondered how the President of the United States files for the Indiana Primary, here is the answer.

Today at 8:45 a.m. Mitch Daniels was scheduled to file with the Indiana Secretary of State's office at Indianapolis on behalf of President George W. Bush. Bush will then officially be a candidate for the Republican nomination in Indiana's May Primary.

Bush is expected to be nominated once again at the Republican National Convention and will be the Republican candidate for President in November's General Election.

Daniels is a Republican candidate for Governor in the May Primary.

On the Democratic Party side, Sen. John Kerry's primary wins in Virginia and Tennessee on Tuesday makes it difficult for any other candidates to win the Democratic nomination for president. Therefore, Indiana's Primary will probably be politically irrelevant as far as the Democratic Party Presidential nomination is concerned.

Kerry's strong victories in Virginia and Tennessee on Tuesday chased one Southern-bred rival from the race. Wesley Clark of Arkansas ended his bid after dismal third-place showings, while runner-up John Edwards of North Carolina said he would not quit.

As his remaining rivals scrambled for a last-ditch strategy to stop him in Wisconsin, Kerry retreated to his Washington home for two days of rest. He returns to the campaign trail Friday with stops in Wisconsin, which holds a primary next Tuesday, and Nevada, which holds caucuses on Saturday.

Howard Dean, once the race's high-flying front-runner, finished in single digits in Virginia and Tennessee, having skipped both states to campaign in Wisconsin.

Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Al Sharpton, both winless, also have indicated that they intend to push on regardless of how well they do in upcoming primaries.

Edwards has just one win to Kerry's 12, but hopes Dean will drop from the race after Wisconsin and leave him as the only viable challenger to Kerry in the Super Tuesday contests on March 2.

An AP analysis shows Kerry has piled up more than twice as many delegates as his closest pursuer. Counting results from Tuesday's races, Kerry now has 516 delegates to Dean's 182, with Edwards at 165 and Clark at 105. A total of 2,162 delegates are needed to nominate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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