With a little more than a week left to file to run in the March 8 presidential primaries, a few new Republicans have put in their paperwork, including one newcomer, Peter Messina. Texas pastor Scott Copeland, who was in Idaho campaigning in May, has filed to run in the Constitution Party’s primary. At least one more candidate needs to file for the state to hold a primary, though, according to the Idaho Secretary of State’s office. If nobody else files, the state would certify Copeland as the winner and it would be up to the party what to do from there, said Chief Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Messina, Rick Santorum, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump have filed to run as Republicans. Messina is a Georgia resident with a manufacturing and finance managerial background according to his LinkedIn profile and who, according to his campaign website, is running on a platform of repealing Obamacare, cutting taxes and improving border security/Nathan Brown, Twin Falls Times News. More here.