WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 03: Republican presidential candidate and former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore addresses the Republican Jewish Coalition at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center December 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. Candidates spoke and took questions from Jewish leaders and activists. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 592732997
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 03: Republican presidential candidate and former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore addresses the Republican Jewish Coalition at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center December 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. Candidates spoke and took questions from Jewish leaders and activists. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 592732997 (Alex Wong / Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Jim Gilmore will not make the Maryland primary ballot unless he gathers thousands of signatures by next month, state election officials said Thursday.

Maryland Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith, a Republican, decided this week that 14 presidential candidates -- 11 Republicans and three Democrats -- will have a place on the ballot for the state's April 26 primary. Gilmore is the only candidate running to not make the initial cut.

Under Maryland election law, the Secretary of State may place candidates on the ballot that he believes are "generally advocated or recognized in the news media throughout the United States or in Maryland." Candidates who fail to make that initial list must gather 400 valid signatures from each of the state's eight congressional districts.

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A spokesman for Gilmore's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Gilmore has failed to qualify for the ballot in other states, and also  been left out of  debates featuring lesser-known candidates. Gilmore was the governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002.

Gilmore has until Feb. 3 to gather the signatures.

The candidates who will make the ballot are: Frontrunner Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Rick Santorum and Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky. 

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will all make the ballot.
Candidates who drop out of the race have until Feb. 5 -- just days after the Iowa caucuses -- to notify the Maryland Board of Elections or their names will appear on the ballot.
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