Perry ballot petition rejected in Virginia
December 23rd, 2011
06:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Perry ballot petition rejected in Virginia

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry will not appear on the Virginia primary ballot after submitting a petition that didn't meet the commonwealth's requirements, the Virginia Republican Party announced Friday.

In an announcement on their Twitter feed, the Virginia GOP wrote, "After verification, RPV has determined that Rick Perry did not submit the required 10k signatures and has not qualified for the VA primary."

Perry was one of four candidates who submitted ballot petitions Thursday to the Virginia State Board of Elections. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also submitted petitions.

That left three current candidates, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, without a place on the Virginia ballot.

The state party spent Friday verifying that the submitted petitions met the requirements to appear on the ballot. The Virginia GOP said on their Twitter feed Friday that Romney and Paul had both submitted enough signatures to appear on the ballot.

Virginia requires candidates to submit petitions with 10,000 signatures from registered Virginia voters. Additionally, 400 signatures must come from voters in each of the commonwealth's eleven congressional districts.

Perry's campaign said in a statement they were looking at the decision closely.

"Despite aggressive efforts collecting thousands of Virginia signatures after Governor Perry's mid-August entry into the race, we were notified this evening of apparently falling short of the 10,000 voter signatures needed to qualify," Perry Communications Director Ray Sullivan said in a statement. "We will closely review the facts and law to determine whether an appeal or challenge is warranted."

He continued, "This is an isolated situation and does not impact Governor Perry qualifying for the ballot in every other state. Gov. Perry has the utmost respect for the strong place Virginia holds in our nation's economic and military strength and in American history. He will continue to work hard to build strong support in Virginia and earn the trust of conservative-minded voters there."

Virginia holds its Republican primary on March 6.


Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Virginia
soundoff (215 Responses)
  1. ED FL

    There isn't many Texans that can read that good much less count to 10,000, Also this guy has been governor of Texas half of his life.

    December 23, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. Bill in Florida

    So in addition to his other flaws, Rick Perry can't count to 10,000? Wow.

    December 23, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  3. TeaPartyIsForLittleGirls

    Yes, this is certainly the guy to run this country – a guy whose campaign can't even handle such a simple task.

    Or, he has already given up and doesn't even care.

    December 23, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Robert

    Boy, this will go over great with the Born-Again crowd in Virginia. Now they'll have to pick from a thrice-divorced man, a Libertarian, or a man who has been married to the same woman for over 30 years.

    December 23, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  5. Seattle Sue

    So Perry can't count either.

    December 23, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. Geoff Hamilton

    1 more republican primary lunatic down, sadly there are still a few more that need to go

    December 23, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. Keith, US Citizen living in Canada

    If it was in Texa$$, it would have passed the sniff test!

    December 23, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  8. Terry Gloege

    The boy can't count but he sure prays good.

    December 23, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  9. Chris

    A front running Republican candidate is unable to get enough signature to get on the ballot? People realize the Republicans are mothering more than self-serving jerks that don’t care about anything other than their own wealth. Restores my faith in America!

    December 23, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. Tr1Xen

    Wow... Well, it's not like he really has a chance anyhow.

    December 23, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. Fred

    You would think Perry's advisers could count to 400 twenty-five times, wouldn't you? Even if they had to take off their shoes to make it past 10.... (There's a good plug for Bush's "No Child Left Behind" program, eh?)

    December 23, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  12. Chris

    A front running Republican candidate is unable to get enough signature to get on the ballot? People realize the Republicans are nothing more than self-serving jerks that don’t care about anything other than their own wealth. Restores my faith in America!

    December 23, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  13. T'sah from Virginia

    Who Cares!! The Republicans will NOT take this state back in 2012 – So who cares who's on the ticket from the Right!!

    Obama 2012 – Kaine 2012 – And together WE will "Keep Virginia BLUE"

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

    December 23, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. todd in DC

    As if we needed further proof that this yutz is too cloudy headed to run the country.

    December 23, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. Rudy Q Begonia

    No one will miss him. He's already missing it many minds. No loss.

    December 23, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. jimzcarz

    The Republicans should start working o their Resume's now since they'll be hitting the job market soon.

    December 23, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. T Ferguson

    wait a sec.. lemme put on my careface...

    December 23, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  18. Whome

    Part of the parties plan to give us Mit the nit.

    December 23, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  19. rockafeller

    .....wow..... Rick has done it again.....

    December 23, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  20. Tom

    I thought Perry was already out of the race. Capital D-bag anyway.

    December 23, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. Al conklin

    They came over to our neighborhood tuesday night at 845pm knocking on doors asking if we would support perry. Also walked by a fella seeking signatures for gingrich last wednesday.

    December 23, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. Chris

    Go Ron Paul...

    December 23, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. yozhik

    This is the kind of top notch work you can expect from a Perry presidency.

    December 23, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. SAMM

    Sources close to the campaign say that: Rick Perry only submitted two signatures; three were required.

    December 23, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  25. Renny

    This guy will not even win in his own state Texas

    December 23, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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