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Candidates no longer running for president may or may not be on the primary ballot — here's why

Several candidates have dropped out of the presidential race, but you'll still see them on your ballot.

COLORADO, USA — There are candidates on the primary ballot who are no longer running for president, and votes for those candidates may or may not be counted.

That's because ballots had to be certified for printing by Jan. 3, two months before the presidential primary. Any candidate still in the race by Jan. 3 is on the presidential primary ballot, even if they are no longer running for president. 

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To officially drop out of the race, a candidate has to submit an official withdraw form to the Colorado Secretary of State. 

Many candidates have announced they are no longer running for president, but they have not officially submitted the form. Votes for them will count, as they are technically still a candidate under Colorado law, even though they are no longer aiming for the presidency. 

Below is a list of candidates on the ballot who have officially withdrawn their bid or have announced they are no longer running.


Have not officially withdrawn, but have announced they are no longer running. (Votes will be counted.)

  • Joe Walsh - Walsh ended his candidacy Feb. 7


Have officially withdrawn. (Votes will not be counted.)

  • Micheal Bennett - Ended his campaign Feb. 11 after the New Hampshire Primary. 
  • John Delaney - Delaney ended his campaign Jan. 31.

Have not officially withdrawn, but have announced they are no longer running. (Votes will be counted.)

  • Marianne Williamson - Williamson ended her campaign in January 2020
  • Deval Patrick- Patrick ended his campaign Feb. 12 after the New Hampshire Primary.
  • Andrew Yang- Yang ended his campaign Feb. 11 after New Hampshire Primary
  • Cory Booker- Ended campaign Jan. 13 after failing to qualify for Democratic Debate

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On the democratic primary ballot:

  • Cory Booker 
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Tulsi Gabbard
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Amy Klouchar, 
  • Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente III
  • Michael Bennet
  • Marianna Williamson 
  • Deval Patrick
  • Micheal R. Bloomberg
  • Robby Wells
  • Andrew Yang
  • Joseph R. Biden
  • Tom Steyer
  • Rita Trichevsky
  • John K. Delany 

On the republican primary ballot:

  • Matthew John Matern
  • Robert Ardini
  • Joe Walsh, 
  • Donald Trump
  • Bill Weld
  • Zoltan G. Istvan

A list of candidates, including those who have submitted the official form can be found on the Colorado Secretary of State's website. 

The Secretary of State’s office will send an update every week day reporting the number of ballots returned to county clerks for the Presidential Primary election on March 3. So far, 670,562 ballots have been returned.  

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