All 15 GOP Candidates Pay Hefty Fee for South Carolina Deadline - NBC 6 South Florida

All 15 GOP Candidates Pay Hefty Fee for S.C.

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    Republican presidential candidates, from left, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush pose for a group picture during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif.

     All 15 top running Republican presidential candidates have paid the hefty filing fee to qualify for South Carolina's primary. 

    The Palmetto State's deadline is the first in the nation and requires the most expensive filing fee in the country: $40,000.

    All the major candidates, including low-polling, lesser known candidates such as former Virginia Governor James Gilmore and former New York governor George Pataki have submitted the forms and paid. Pataki was the last one to file, having to overnight a package to the South Carolina Republican Party, which received the package midday on Wednesday.