Rick Perry off Virginia GOP Primary Ballot

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.

via Rick Perry won’t make ballot in Virginia | Campaign 2012 | Washington Examiner.

5pm Thursday was the deadline for candidates hoping to appear on the March 6th Virginia presidential primary ballot.

Of the 7 major candidates still in the race, only 4 submitted petitions to gain access to the ballot.

According to Republican Party of Virginia officials, Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Texas Congressman Ron Paul all submitted the required 10,000 signatures by the deadline.

Among those 10,000 signatures at least 400 must come from each Virginia Congressional District.

That means former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachman and former Utah Governor Jon Hunstman will not appear in Virginia’s primary. Virginia voters will go to the polls on Super Tuesday, March 6.

50 primary delegates are up for grabs in the Commonwealth.

The candidates who submitted petitions still must have their signatures screened before officially being declared on the ballot. That process will begin Friday morning.

via Decision Virginia.

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AllahPundit – If you guys need me, I’ll be in a dark room drinking myself into unconsciousness.

 

Larry Sabato

And now Rick Perry has been thrown off the VA ballot! Only Mitt Romney is 100% sure to be on, Ron Paul very probably. Newt could go too.
What’s wrong with this picture? VA Mar 6 ballot has only Romney, Paul, and MAYBE Gingrich on it. Yes, rules are rules.
Bachmann, Huntsman, Santorum fail to make Virginia GOP ballot (March 6).

via Twitter / @LarrySabato: What’s wrong with this pic ….

Patterico’s Pontifications

In the lexicon of Rick Perry, “Oops!”

via Patterico’s Pontifications » Perry off VA primary ballot; GOP Clown Car wreck.

The Other McCain.

War-gaming these crazy possibilities is such fun, isn’t it?

UPDATE VI: Now a Memeorandum thread. I’m sitting here with Fox News on the TV in my home office, and they haven’t even mentioned this story yet. Everything’s all, “Congressional compromise, blah, blah, blah, Iraq, blah, blah, blah.” Maybe they don’t grasp the significance. Probably because their super-genius Smart Guy pundits are all on holiday this week.

The Other McCain.

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