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Craig Mauger
The Detroit News

Lansing — Twenty-two candidates, 18 Democrats and four Republicans, are set to make the ballot for Michigan's March 10 presidential primary.

The Michigan Department of State released Friday its initial candidate list. Its list included former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Democrat who hasn't formally announced his campaign yet, and three GOP challengers to President Donald Trump.

"My Vote Counted!" stickers sit atop the tabulator in Precinct 2 at the Dryden Township Hall complex in Dryden, Michigan on this Election Day,  November 8, 2016.

Under state law, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson was required to issue a list of individuals “generally advocated by the national news media to be potential presidential candidates" for their parties' nominations.

By 4 p.m. Tuesday, the chairs of the Michigan Democratic Party and the Michigan Republican Party will be able to submit their owns lists of anticipated candidates. Candidates who make either the party chair's list or the secretary of state's list are not required to do anything further to secure a place on the ballot.

Candidates have until 4 p.m. Dec. 13 to withdraw. Others who don't make the lists have until that same deadline to gather nominating petitions. A candidate would need over 11,300 valid signatures to make the ballot through that method.

The GOP candidates who made Benson's list were former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, President Donald Trump, former Illinois U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld.

Former City of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks from the podium as Eastpointe Deputy Fire Chief Nick Sage, left, and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, right, listen.

The Democratic candidates who made Benson's list were Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, former Vice President Joe Biden, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, businessman Wayne Messam, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak, businessman Tom Steyer, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, author Marianne Williamson and businessman Andrew Yang.

Bloomberg hasn't officially announced his campaign but is making "preparations," according to Politico.