Rick Perry Latest Candidate Disqualified From Virginia Ballot
Picking up on the theme that I wrote about this morning, and James Joyner expanded upon, it was announced this evening that Rick Perry is the fourth Republican candidate for President to fail to qualify for the March 6th Virginia primary:
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry failed to submit enough valid signatures to qualify for the Virginia primary ballot, state GOP officials said Friday evening.
Perry’s campaign told state election officials it had submitted 11,911 signatures, but a Virginia Republican familiar with the situation said that the Texas governor did not submit the required 10,000.
Earlier Friday, the Republican Party of Virginia certified former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) to appear in the March ballot.
Four candidates — Romney, Perry, Paul and former House speaker Newt Gingrich — turned in thousands of signatures by the deadline. State party officials are spending the day certifying the signataries.
They have not examined Gingrich’s signatures yet, but expected to do so by late Friday night.
Candidates had until 5 p.m. to collect 10,000 signatures from across the state, including 400 from each congressional district.
Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum did not submit signatures, according to state GOP officials.
Quite honestly, I would hope that this leads to ballot access reform here in Virginia, but I’m not optimistic. Nonetheless, this does not bode well for the future of the Rick Perry campaign.