GOP: Gingrich, Perry Will Not Be On Virginia Ballot

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has failed to qualify for Virginia's March 6 Republican primary, a development that complicates his bid to win the GOP presidential nomination.

"After verification, RPV has determined that Newt Gingrich did not submit required 10k signatures and has not qualified for the VA primary," the Republican Party of Virginia announced early Saturday on its Twitter website.

Perry also fell short of the 10,000 signatures of registered voters required for a candidate's name to be on the primary ballot, but former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul will be on the ballot.

State GOP spokesman Garren Shipley said volunteers spent Friday validating petitions that the four candidates submitted by the Thursday 5 p.m. deadline to the State Board of Elections. Shipley was not available early Saturday to discuss the announcement posted on the website.

Failing to get on the ballot will be a major setback for Gingrich, who has tried to use his recent upsurge in popularity to make up for a late organizing start. Ironically, Gingrich had a slight lead over Romney, with others farther back, in a Quinnipiac poll of Virginia Republicans released earlier in the week.

The load of catching up on organizing work and a lack of advertising money to counter an onslaught of negative ads from his rivals have been major disadvantages.

Gingrich had to leave New Hampshire on Wednesday and race to Virginia, where he needed 10,000 valid voters' signatures to secure a spot on the ballot.

He said Wednesday he had enough ballot signatures, but he wanted to come to Virginia to deliver them personally. Taking no chances, his volunteers asked everyone to sign petitions before entering Gingrich's rally Wednesday night in Arlington, just across the Potomac River from Washington.

Gingrich's early-December rise in several polls gave him renewed hopes of carrying his campaign deep into the primary season. Failure to compete in Virginia, which is among the "Super Tuesday" primaries, would deal a huge blow to any contender who had not locked up the nomination by then.

The state party's Shipley said the party was validating petitions the candidates submitted by the Thursday 5 p.m. deadline to the state elections board. It began validating signatures Friday morning.

The 10,000 registered voters must also include 400 signatures from each of Virginia's 11 congressional districts.

It was unclear if Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum or former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman submitted petitions to the state board.

Meanwhile, Virginia's Democrats said President Barack Obama's re-election campaign gathered enough signatures to get him on the state's primary ballot though he was the only candidate who qualified.

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  • by Leslie Location: Pitt County on Dec 26, 2011 at 11:12 AM
    I've got some cheese to go with that "whine," Newt/Perry. What losers.
  • by Chris Location: We need a Revolution ! on Dec 25, 2011 at 08:52 PM
    Ron Paul 2012 ! Just listen to what the man has to say. Why would he be the only one on that stage with the most consistent campaign and has been this consistant for over 30 years. He is a true Constitutionalist ! He is the leader this country needs the most right now. Dont take my word for it just take a few minutes and listen to what Dr. Paul has been saying for the last 30 years. Thank You !
  • by 40some on Dec 25, 2011 at 07:56 PM
    Some student did some checking of Obama's primary signatures in Chicago, alot of em were fake. Enough to have kept him off the ballot.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Dec 25, 2011 at 01:39 PM
    There are some interresting libteridal theories based on libterdial dialect....hmmm....too bad they sit in the benches watching their team lose the game. The other team has the high score and you ain't no underdog. So what does that mean? Your opinion has nothing to do with...anything. You voted for the worst president in the history of the nation...geez....what could you add that makes any sense?
  • by Just saying on Dec 25, 2011 at 05:11 AM
    Lets see he's from Virginia and he can't get enough people to support him. maybe they know him better than we thought. Newt's campaign volunteers got tired of having doors slammed in their faces and getting laughed at.... Wonder how Newt's books sales are in Virginia? Under 10,000 for sure.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Dec 24, 2011 at 11:06 PM
    Newt knows he's not going to ever get elected. All this is just publicity for him to sell more books, charge big money for future speeches and make money. You people have been had.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 24, 2011 at 06:43 PM
    He is nothing more than an Obama Jr., blaming others for his failure to get what the State of Va required to be on the primary ballot.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 24, 2011 at 02:18 PM
    The best Republicans aren't even trying to run this term against Barrack Obama they know it is futile. It is a lock for President Obama in 2012. The Republican voters will stay home next November.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 24, 2011 at 01:29 PM
    It's just one Christmas present after another from the Republican s this year!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 24, 2011 at 01:26 PM
    Of course the Virginia system is at fault not Gingrich. This man has never taken responsibi lity for Anything ever. He knew full well he needed 10 thousand signatures to qualify and he could have gotten those signatures easily had he been in Virginia when he was vacationin g in Greece instead of paying attention to his campaign. As John Sunnunu said "Newt is concerned about whats good for Newt. And to add to Gingrich's despicable nature he is arrogant, and self aggrandizing. And btw he happens to be the only Speaker of the House to ever be thrown out of his Speakershi p and by his own party! Now they want to make this meglomania c President? ? Only Republican ethical standards could even consider such a travesty.
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