ANNAPOLIS -- David Duke, the former Klansman running for the GOP presidential nomination, is getting closer to a spot on the Maryland primary ballot.
Maryland Secretary of State Winfield M. Kelly Jr. will deliver a letter today to the State Administrative Board of Election Laws asking that Mr. Duke's name be placed on the March 3 primary ballot.
The secretary of state is given wide latitude under the law in signifying which candidates are placed on the ballot. Mr. Kelly sent letters to those candidates who are reported in the media to be candidates. Potential candidates can write back and ask that they not be included.
Mr. Ward said the Duke campaign told him they welcome a chance to be on the Maryland ballot.
Besides Mr. Duke, syndicated columnist Patrick Buchanan and President Bush also will be listed on the ballot, said Assistant Secretary of State Vonzell R. Ward.
Mr. Ward said all the candidates still have another week to have their names taken off the ballot by contacting the election board.
Besides the three GOP candidates, six Democratic candidates also will be on the ballot: Former Mass. Sen. Paul E. Tsongas, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey, Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, and former California Gov. Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Mr. Ward said.