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Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry fail to qualify for Va. primary ballot

Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry failed to get their names on the Virginia primary ballot.
December 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry failed to get their names on the Virginia primary ballot.

Gingrich announced a plan to launch a write-in campaign for the state's GOP Super Tuesday primary in Virginia after state party officials said Gingrich had failed to submit the required 10,000 signatures. But write-ins are not allowed in the Virginia primaries.

Failing to get on the ballot in Virginia, where Gingrich lives, underscores the difficulty first-time national candidates have in preparing for the long haul of a presidential campaign.

The state party said early Saturday that Perry had also failed to submit the required signatures to appear on the March 6 ballot.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will appear on the Virginia ballot along with Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Ironically, Gingrich had a slight lead over Romney in a Quinnipiac poll of Virginia Republicans released earlier in the week.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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