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02/24/2012 05:52 pm ET Updated Feb 24, 2012

Rick Santorum Files For Delaware Primary Ballot

It looks like Rick Santorum is going to just make it onto the primary ballot in Delaware.

His campaign dropped off approximately 1,100 signatures to the Delaware Department of Elections early Friday afternoon, the last day of the filing period.

"We're currently in the process of verifying those signatures," Election Comissioner Elaine Manlove said. We won't have an official answer until probably Monday."

According to radio station WDEL, Ron Paul submitted the same number of signatures Thursday, and made it safely onto the ballot. It's likely that Santorum will have the same outcome.

The 1,100 signatures is more than double the amount required by Delaware law to qualify for the ballot in the April 24 primary.

Manlove said she couldn't speculate Santorum's outcome. For the most part, she said she'll check that the signatures are accuate and from registered members of Santorum's party.

Delaware GOP chairman John Sigler wrote on his party's website that Delaware's 17 delegates will be an important prize despite the state's late primary date.

"According to some sources, including the RNC, it is entirely possible that Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York and other “winner-takes-all states” with April primaries may actually play a pivotal role in determining who our Republican presidential candidate will be," Sigler wrote.

The Indiana Election Commission voted 4-0 Friday to keep Santorum on the ballot in its state.

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