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    Yes, Virginia, there are only three Republican candidates (Update: 2 or 3?)(Final: Only 2)

    Yes, Virginia, there are only three Republican candidates (Update: 2 or 3?)(Final: Only 2)

    Almost hard to believe, but only Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul have qualified for the Virginia Republican primary on Super Tuesday in March.

    Virginia has onerous requirements of 10,000 signatures with at least 400 from each of 11 congressional districts.

    Rick Perry, who was believed to have enough signatures, failed upon review.  Santorum, Bachmann and Hunstman did not have enough signatures by the deadline.

    It was up to the wire for Gingrich, and for a time it looked like only Romney and Paul would be on the ballot.  Apparently there is no write-in line.

    Gingrich leads Romney by 5 points in Virginia in the latest polling, so this was a big win for Gingrich to make the ballot.

    Update 10:20 p.m. — The local newspaper website which reported an announcement by the Republican Party that Gingrich had qualified has just issued a correction.  Gingrich’s petitions still are being reviewed.

    Update 12-24 — At about 2 a.m. it was announced that Newt fell short of the needed signatures, so as of now only Romney and Paul will be on the primary ballot.  That’s a major fail for Perry and Newt, but hurts Newt particularly badly.  Each candidate had over 1000 signatures rejected.  It shows that organization matters.  It also creates the oddity that Paul may win Virginia because Perry and Newt supporters will vote for him to deprive Romney of the win and delegates.


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    punfundit | December 24, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Can Virginia primary voters write in their candidate?

    I don’t know how anyone can support a candidate who can’t even get on the ballot in his own state. Newt should drop out of the race. This is a shame.

    Also, what kind of candidate doesn’t know the law in VA. You can’t write-in during primaries. Yet, Newt is going to run a write-in campaign.

    JM, JD, LL.M

    retire05 | December 24, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Everyone here knows that I am not supporting Newt, but come on’ guys, no one here is getting cheated except the voters of Virginia. This whole process of “petitions” is aburd. If Newt, Bachmann or any of the candidates have support in Virginia they should be allowed on the primary ballot. Isn’t that what primaries are all about?

    Now, I could point out some very shady things that went on (like Ron Paul not meeting the 15K signature threshold but being certified before his signatures were verified, which they were not) and Bill Bollings actually filing for Mitt and running Mitt’s campaign out of his own campaign headquarters, but that is important only in the respect that the Virginia voters are being cheated out of having the candidates actually bid for their vote up until the primary.

    Is this what you want? To see candidates thrown off the primaries just so your guy can win?

    I don’t but I do feel sorry for those Newt/Perry supporters who, in my view, just got disenfrancised by a corrupt state GOP.

    StephenMonteith | December 26, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Why is it so hard for Gingrich to admit he made a mistake? He claimed that cheating on his wives was a mistake. He claimed that sitting on the couch with Pelosi was a mistake. He claimed that badmouthing Paul Ryan was a mistake. He was able to “apologize” for each of those “mistakes”; why can’t he just do the same this time instead of scapegoating a process which has not stood in the way of any major candidate who has actually put in the work? In 2008, before either Romney or Paul had built up anywhere near the organization or bases they have today, they both still managed to get on the ballot; along with a dozen other Democratic and Republican candidates. Gingrich failed to do something that Dennis Kucinich managed to do. Why can’t he just admit he made a mistake by waiting so long to get in the game?

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