Rick Perry Booted From Virginia Primary Ballot
Will Newt Gingrich Be Next?
Update: Gingrich Also Fails To Make VA Primary Ballot
By Dell Hill
presidential candidacy of Texas Governor Rick Perry took a devastating
hit Friday when his nominating petitions failed to provide the minimum
requirements to be included on the Virginia primary ballot.
campaign - already plagued by the candidates poor showing in several
debates, along with a couple of glaring errors during prime time TV
interviews - will be hard pressed to recover; depending now on a
possible write-in vote in order to net ANY votes from Virginian
delegates on Super Tuesday.
Huge Error Could Sink Perry Campaign
Texas Gov. Rick Perry
failed to get on Virginia's presidential primary ballot after the state
Republican Party determined Friday that he didn't submit at least
10,000 valid signatures. The GOP earlier announced former Massachusetts
Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul will be on the ballot.
An announcement from the party on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's petitions is expected Friday evening.
state GOP verified Friday that Romney and Paul turned in petitions with
enough valid signatures, including 400 from each of Virginia’s 11
congressional districts, to get their names on the March 6 primary
submitted 11,911 signatures to Virginia election officials Thursday,
which means 2,000 or more signatures were deemed invalid. Gingrich had
about 800 fewer signatures than Perry so there's no guarantee he would
meet the 10,000-name threshold.
rest of the field — former Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Michele Bachmann
and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman — failed to file petitions by
Thursday’s deadline and won't be on the ballot. The Democratic Party of
Virginia certified President Obama’s petitions, which included more
than 15,000 signatures, Friday.
is one of the hardest states to get on the ballot. In 2008, Sen. Chris
Dodd of Connecticut, then running for the Democratic nomination, failed
to make Virginia's ballot.
handed in more than 16,000 signatures Tuesday, signaling the strength
of his Virginia organization. According to state election officials,
Paul turned in 14,361 signatures, followed by Perry’s 11,911 and
49 delegates, handed out proportionally based on election results, make
up more than 10 percent of the 475 delegates up for grabs on Super
Bottom Line: The thought that the Gingrich effort might also fall
short would leave Virginia Republicans with Mitt Romney and Ron Paul as
the only two candidates who’s names would appear on the ballot!
Update: Early Saturday morning it was announced that the Gingrich campaign had also failed to secure enough signatures to get Newt's name on the Virginia ballot. Extremely bad news and a major campaign mistake for both Perry and Gingrich. Even worse for Gingrich, he lives in Virginia and was near the top of all major polls before this setback.