The TV star formally applies in his native South Carolina – but is rejected

By Stephen M. Silverman
November 01, 2007 02:15 PM
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Stephen Colbert’s campaign to win the White House is no longer a laughing matter: The Comedy Central star has filed to have his name on the ballot in his native South Carolina.

Only executives with Colbert’s chosen party, the Democrats, voted not to include him in the race, executive council director Joe Werner tells CNN.

Colbert, the 43-year-old host of The Colbert Report, is spearheading a campaign that forked over the requisite $2,500 filing fee just before the noon deadline Thursday, state Democratic Party chairwoman Carol Fowler told the Associated Press.

Colbert, who poses as a conservative political pundit on his satirical TV show, previously said he would not file for the Republican party ballot because of the required $35,000 fee that would entail – thus effectively ending his chances in South Carolina.

When he announced his candidacy on his show last month, he said he would run only in this key primary state.

On Sunday, Colbert (who was actually born in Washington, D.C., but raised in Charleston, S.C.) appeared at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and vowed to “crush the state of Georgia,” if elected.