Perry ballot petition rejected in Virginia
December 23rd, 2011
06:58 PM ET
3 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. GeorgeBfromOhio

    Guess he did not pray enough.

    December 23, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  2. mpr

    What a pathetic field. Thank for for such a ridiculously weird candidates. Thanks for helping our good President toward his re-election. Sorry Grover. By the way, nice job Tea Partiers. You'll be history soon enough thank goodness, and all of Koch Brothers' money will be poorly spent, like on Herman Cain. You'll see what it is like to be unemployed and be voting Democrat soon.

    December 23, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  3. skyking

    Good for VA. That's the first step to sending this doofus back to Texas. (where we don't want him, but have to tolerate him for three more years.)

    December 23, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. TM

    If you can't handle the SIMPLE stuff you have NO BUSINESS running for the HARDEST JOB in the country. I didn't think it was possible, but Perry makes GWB look like genius by comparison.

    December 23, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  5. don

    He should have just forged enough to get on like Obama's minions did in Indiana.

    December 23, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. Eric of Reseda

    Bravo to the Republican voters of Virginia! I was losing faith in the GOP rank-and-file, who at various points had one buffooon after another leading the race. I don't like Romney or Paul, but they're the best candidates the Republicans have to date. Perry is a clown, an embarrassment to the GOp and the State of Texas.

    December 23, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  7. Perry W

    HOW SICK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Republicans make a mess out of everything

    December 23, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. skarphace

    It's down to the top three anyways. Perry is about as relevant as Bachmann now.

    Of the top three, this voter supports Ron Paul.

    December 23, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  9. FRANK FROM LAS VEGAS

    This idiot wants us to vote for him to President and he can't even figure out what he has to do to get onto the ballot. Then again maybe he's a product of his TX education department that he and his staff don't know how to read. Perry, go home and stay there.

    December 23, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. vpres5

    Thank you Virginia, Rick Perry does not deserve a single rebublican vote, He lacks in so many areas it's a joke that he is still in the race.

    December 23, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  11. Thomas

    We don't do it like this in Texas !

    Perry / Enron 2012

    December 23, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  12. Clwyd

    How fitting. He has memory loss and he can't count either. Just the quality of all the other republicans running for president and falling far short!

    December 23, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. Alan

    Perry is a failure...in is own state and nationally. He would be wise to skulk on back home before he makes a bigger fool of himself. Texas is a mess....most children in poverty, most citizens who lack access to healthcare, highest dropout rates, top ten violent crime index, worst polluter in the nation....and the beat goes on...

    December 23, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. YOOAOAOOAOAO

    PArry with an A

    December 23, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. Angela Birch

    WOW!! And these disorganized fools think they are qualified to be president? People who wait till the last minute, and rush around like chickens with their heads cut off. This is the best the GOP has? Even the ones who qualified waited till the last minute..

    December 23, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. Mark

    So no one made it i wanta be a write in solection vote for me mark e hartness im not a polition just an american

    December 23, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. trojan fan

    so what non of those canditates/book salesman were going to get the nomination anyway. If you don't have enough organization or popularity to get on every state ballot you shold not be president.

    December 23, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  18. haren

    Looks like Texas has lots of stup-– people to elect stup--- people.

    December 23, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. Brent

    What an incompetent! Just what the country needs, another GOP dolt in the white house . . . .

    December 23, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  20. GODZILLA1

    End of the trail Perry – dawn at the Alamo – last hours in the Fuehrerbunker – bugles in the afternoon at the Little Big Horn.

    December 23, 2011 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  21. ahetch

    I can't believe this guy is still in the race. That alone should tell you how smart he is.

    December 23, 2011 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  22. GeorgeBos95

    Awww, I'm so sad to hear this.

    I guess there is more than one Bozo on the Rick Perry campaign bus.

    December 23, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  23. nothanksimdriving123

    Not that the Perry campaign is going badly or anything, but this is one of the highlights.

    December 23, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  24. FRANCES HuFF

    That great what are all doing adout the gas price.

    December 23, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  25. Malcolm in St Louis

    sounds like Virginia came up with a way to manipulate the democratic process. Let's put a poll tax in there too.And some picture ID and proof of citizenship. We cannot make it too easy to vote....

    December 23, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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