In the first few hours of the quadrennial filing period, 8 Democrat candidates have already completed their filing for the March 3rd 'Mega Tuesday' primary elections. 14 states are slated to hold presidential contests that day. California & Texas will be the biggest prizes.
It's Oklahoma's Presidential Preference Primary Elections, conducted by the State government for the benefit of the recognized political parties. The state pays well over a million dollars to provide this service for the political parties. The filing fee is $5000, or provide thousands of voter signatures, to qualify.
Oklahoma statutes require the $5000 fee, unless the candidate can present the signatures of at least 1000 qualified party electors in each of the 5 Oklahoma Congressional Districts. The major candidates all opt to write the check rather than attempt to collect the signatures.
Here are the listed candidates, as of 4pm, Monday..
001 M Tulsi Gabbard, 38, P.O. Box 75255, Kapolei, HI 96707
002 M Amy Klobuchar, 59, P.O. Box 18360, Minneapolis, MN 55418
003 M Elizabeth Warren, 70, P.O. Box 171375, Boston, MA 02117
005 M Bernie Sanders, 78, P.O. Box 391, Burlington, VT 05402
006 M Kamala Harris, 55, P.O. Box 86, Baltimore, MD 21203
007 M Pete Buttigieg, 37, P.O. Box 1226, South Bend, IN 46624
008 M Andrew Yang, 44, P.O. Box 214, Midtown Station, New York, NY 10018
009 M Deval Patrick, 63, P.O. Box 52643, Boston, MA 02205
004 M Zoltan G. Istvan, 46, 35 Miller Avenue #102, Mill Valley, CA 94941