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Independent Candidate in Maryland Submits 77,000 Signatures

In Maryland, the number of signatures required for an independent to make the statewide ballot this year was 34,713. One candidate has submitted over 77,000 signatures. A validity rate of just 50% would be enough to guarantee his ballot status.

On June 25, S. Rob Sobhani filed approximately 77,000 signatures in order to be on the ballot as an independent candidate for U.S. Senate. He is an expert on the Middle East and has written two books. His web page is That is not a campaign web page, just a personal web page with information about him. Thanks to Bob Johnston for this news.

The State Board of Elections has had to work very hard on validating this petition. The validation process is still not complete. If the petition is valid, Sobhani will be the first statewide independent candidate to qualify since Ross Perot in 1992.

Sobhani is an Iranian-American who has previously made two runs for office, both for US Senate in Maryland, as a Republican. He lost to Alan Keyes in 1992 and to Paul Rappaport in 2000.


  1. paulie paulie August 27, 2012

    It’s 10k valid to start a party in Maryland, 20k raw. 35k valid for independent, 70+k raw.

  2. Nick Kruse Nick Kruse August 26, 2012

    20,000 is less than 35,000. That was the point Richie was making.

  3. Richie Richie August 26, 2012

    Matt – I live in Maryland. The interesting thing is, it’s only 20,000 signatures to start a new political party. Why it’s more to go on as an independent, I’ll never know. Then again, a lot of things don’t make sense about Maryland.

  4. Matt Cholko Matt Cholko August 26, 2012

    I didn’t realize the requirement in MD was so terrible. Thirty-five thousand sigs in a state that size?

  5. Wimbledon Tennis Fan Wimbledon Tennis Fan August 26, 2012

    He spent a lot of money.

  6. Trent Hill Trent Hill Post author | August 26, 2012

    This is a stunning number of signatures for an independent candidate with no previous offices held.

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