Former Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan has gathered the necessary signatures to be placed on the Republican primary ballot for U.S. Senate, the Boston Globe reports.
Sullivan, who served during the George W. Bush administration, is seeking the GOP nomination to fill the Senate seat left vacant by John Kerry, who is now the Secretary of State.
Sullivan needs at least 10,000 signatures to be certified by election officials.
He is expected to face state Rep. Daniel Winslow and Cohasset businessman Gabriel Gomez in the primary. U.S. Reps. Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch are vying for the Democratic nomination.
A partner in the law firm led by former Attorney General John Ashcroft, Sullivan congratulated his supporters with a message on his campaign Facebook page.
“Dear Friends -YOU DID IT!” Sullivan wrote. “Others believed it could not be done. Many encouraged us to try but be prepared to fail or pay people to collect signatures. Neither you nor I would have anything to do with that.”