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Newt Gingrich's Check Bounces for Utah Ballot

Catalina Camia
Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 | 12:01 PM ET
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks during a campaign rally at the Marriott Denver West February 6, 2012 in Golden, Colorado.
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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks during a campaign rally at the Marriott Denver West February 6, 2012 in Golden, Colorado.

Newt Gingrich insists his presidential campaign is going all the way to the GOP convention in Tampa. But first the candidate needs to get on the ballot in Utah.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Gingrich's $500 check to pay the filing fee has bounced. If the former House speaker doesn't pay up by April 20, the story says, his name won't appear on the ballot.

The Utah primary -- the last of the presidential nominating season -- is June 26.

From the Salt Lake newspaper story:

Utah Elections Director Mark Thomas said a designated agent for the Gingrich campaign brought the filing papers and a check for $500 in March, but after the check was deposited, the state was notified by the bank that the check had bounced. He said the office has tried to contact the Gingrich campaign through the telephone number and email provided on the application, but have not received a response.

Gingrich acknowledged Sunday that he recently contributed some of his own money to help his campaign, which is about $4.5 million in debt.

This story first appeared in USA Today.

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