RPV Statement on Ivan Raiklin

Recently, Ivan Raiklin accused RPV leadership of telling him to contact another candidate for Senate after he failed to make the ballot. To be very clear, Mr. Raiklin’s statement is false and no such conversation happened. In fact on April 6, more than a week after the conversation is alleged to have occurred, Mr. Raiklin came to do a second check of his signatures and openly disparaged the other Republican U.S. Senate candidates who had qualified for the ballot. He also requested RPV grant him a special exception to get on ballot because he believed he was the only one who could defeat Tim Kaine. His request was denied.

RPV ran a fair ballot access process and applied our rules equally to all candidates.