Gingrich, Perry fail to qualify for Virginia Republican presidential primary ballot
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Gingrich, former United States House of Representatives and Perry, , did not submit the 10,000 signatures, with at least 400 from each of the state's eleven congressional districts, to the state's before the 5:00 PM deadline last Thursday required to gain ballot access, according to the .of the
Gingrich's and Perry's campaigns both claimed to have more signatures than needed, 11,050 and 11,911 respectively. Volunteers spent last night reviewing the submitted petitions and validating signatures. Reportedly Rick Perry is considering an appeal of the assessment.
Among other major candidates for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, former Mitt Romney and Texas congressman Ron Paul submitted the required petition and qualified for the ballot. On Thursday, it was disclosed that candidates and also failed to gain ballot access.
According to the manager of the, Michael Krull, the former House Speaker plans to compete in the Virginia primary, despite not gaining ballot access, as a . Krull blamed a "failed system" for the campaign's inability to gain ballot access. Rick Perry's campaign manager said he was disappointed by that campaign's failure to qualify for the ballot. According to a recent poll of 489 Republican voters by , Gingrich leads in the state with 30% of support, followed by Mitt Romney at 25% and Ron Paul at 9%.
As Virginia's delegates to theare not awarded on a winner-take-all basis, candidates other than the winner of the state's primary could also gain delegates from the state.
- Will Lester (Associated Press). "Gingrich, Perry Won't Be on Va. Ballot" — , December 24, 2011
- Jonathan D. Salant. "Gingrich, Perry Fail to Qualify for Virginia Primary Ballot" — , December 24, 2011
- David Morgan. "Gingrich camp assails Virginia's "failed system"" — , December 24, 2011
- Jasmine Coleman. "Gingrich and Perry fail to qualify for Virginia primary" — , December 24, 2011