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. kman02

    Virginia is a safe bet that they won't select a m0r0n. Now they have a choice between an 1d1ot and a fish.

    December 24, 2011 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  2. Showmeyerpapers

    Lets go back 50 years, say zero americans were killed by illegal hispanic invaders 1960 ~1970. If they killed 1 american per day per state thats 720 000 americans murdered

    December 24, 2011 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  3. Republicans try to hide from their lies

    Hahahahahaha!!!! :) Merry Christmas all.

    December 24, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  4. Republican Grandma

    That's just a big LOL...

    December 24, 2011 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  5. Jack Blakeney

    This article is badly written. I've read it, and am still unclear on just who >is< on the ballot. Romney, Paul, and possibly Gingrich? Why is Perry singled out?

    December 24, 2011 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  6. ej

    Just what kind of campaign is Perry running. He doesn't seem at all serious. So why run, Rick?

    December 24, 2011 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  7. MedicMax

    Epic Fail

    December 24, 2011 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  8. sr

    'Hi, I'm Rick Perry, and I stepped in it again. Paid for by Rick Perry.'

    December 24, 2011 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  9. BeverlyNC

    Republican candidates do not know basic American history, basic foreign pollcy, geography, think Africa is a country, show contempt for poor people, and now cannot even follow the most basic rules to get on a ballot. How can these fools be possibly qualified for the Presidency? Republicans have no credibility or leadership qualities.

    December 24, 2011 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  10. mk1

    Ah yes, Republicans continue to eat their own.

    December 24, 2011 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  11. Steve

    Is it just me, or is this guy just too forgetful to be POTUS?

    December 24, 2011 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  12. Enzo Alda

    Oops, the homework wasn't done right ...

    December 24, 2011 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  13. kazan

    Really the GOP is an old fashion party belongs to dinasorus era, the sad thing is that a lot of people do still have this life style.

    December 24, 2011 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  14. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    He's been rejected like an illegal Mexican at harvest time.....

    December 24, 2011 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  15. aurelius

    I'd like to believe he's been rejected on the basis of intellectual impotence!

    December 24, 2011 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  16. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Why wont God miracle him to qualify??

    December 24, 2011 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  17. W.

    The people in Virginian know an idiot when they see one. Our nation is tired of Texan's that have no other interests than their own and little education to help promote the country's future, apart from the advancement of their wealthy backers.

    December 24, 2011 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  18. baaaadboy

    He can't even do this right and he wants to be what?

    December 24, 2011 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  19. Shane G

    Obama 2012!!!

    December 24, 2011 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  20. RickPerryisSpecialNeeds

    I said it before and I will say it again, Rick Perry is Special needs! I can't understand what he is doing running for President. He thinks praying to G-d will make him President. Rick Dear, you have to have ideas and some knowledge of geography, history, government, etc.. The HUBRIS of these vacant republican candidates is alarming!

    December 24, 2011 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  21. Anthony

    Gingrich did not qualify either. Look like the Republican establishment is desperately trying to give the nomination to Romney. Why are they doing this? Do they think someone who cannot get more than one quarter of his party to line up behind him after 6 years of campaigning is electable?

    December 24, 2011 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  22. George

    With Newt failing to get on the ballot it looks like Paul is emerging as the legitimate anti-Romney candidate. I think he is mostly a nut but at least he is organized enough to get on the ballot.

    December 24, 2011 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  23. russ1022

    ahhh the popularity tailspin continues....can't even come up with 10,000 signatures in support of placing him on the ballot. Now the same is being reported for Newt and the other wannabes. The Republican clown group continues its destruction. Thank you Virginia! A wonderful Christmas present for the rest of the sane population of the United States

    December 24, 2011 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  24. American Citizen

    Certainly is an indicator of who considers the State of Virginia as important in the presidential election. This is evident of how that particular candidate feels about the importance of United States citizens, generally.

    December 24, 2011 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
  25. Shelby

    Ta ta, perry. You're not smart enough to be the leader of this great country. So this is a good thing.

    December 24, 2011 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
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